The Big Swim
Mike Piet of Arlington, VA is a former client and good friend of mine. He is a superb triathlete. He’s competed in several Ironman Triathlons (including the Cozumel Ironman) and countless other triathlons and endurance events. Most recently he competed in the Potomac 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment, and he did quite well. He finished 3rd overall and he was the first non-wetsuited competitor to cross the finish line with a time of 3 hrs 52 min. Further, he raised $500 as part of the effort to clean up the Potomac River. This is a tremendous achievement and I applaud his efforts. Here’s a link to his Race Report.
Team Red, White & Blue
Further, Mike will also be racing as a part of Team RWB (Red, White & Blue). Team RWB is a non-profit organization that brings athletes together in support of wounded war veterans. Their mission is to enrich the lives of wounded veterans and their families. They work to re-introduce wounded vets back into society. RWB members raise funds and awareness through participating in a wide range of athletic events. To learn more about Team RWB including volunteer and donating opportunities, go to the Team RWB site.
If you know a vet then you may know that returning from combat and taking up a “normal” life can be excruciatingly difficult. Combat vets have gone through things that most of us can’t imagine. Upon returning stateside they’re often patted on the back and expected to take up life where they left off, but there is a lot of hard work involved in readjusting to civilian life. This is the perhaps the hardest part of war. So if you have funds or the time, please find a way to donate to Team RWB.