Monday, October 21, 2013

CAF, photos, Challenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego Triathlon Challenge, GoShiggyGo Photo Credit: Shiggy Ichinomiya

This post shall be entitled: "In The Arena."

Photographer: Shiggy Ichinomiya (itchy-know-me-ya)

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San Diego Triathlon Challenge
October 20th, 2013
Hashtag = #bestdayintri
7am Parade of Athletes
7:25am Boston Marathon Survivors Introduction
7:30am National Anthem
8:00am Swim Start
9:00am Start of Tour de Cove
9:30am Wheelie Start
9:45am Kids Stretch prior to Run
10:00am Challenged Athletes Kids Run
11:15am Kaiser Permanente Thrive- 5K Walk Start
1:00pm Presentation at Tour de Cove 
2:15pm Awards BBQ

Chrissie Wellington, Andy Potts, Meredith Kessler, Luke McKenzie, Josh Cox, Dr. Andy Baldwin, Jamie Whitmore, Bill Walton, Craig Hummer, Kelly Lang, Nathan Fletcher, Kevin Faulkner, Bianca Kajlich.

(Above: I love, love, love this photo of "the boys" replicating the cover of the Beatles album, "Abbey Road." BUT, BUT, BUT, California style baby!! Check out the lush green palm tree on the right and Baywatch style San Diego County Lifeguard truck in the background on the left. California Dreamin'!!  Rudy Garcia-Tolson suggested that for this photo shoot, the models had to all be double-leg amputees!! Bam, he made it happen!!  From left to right. Cody McCasland, Jake Frank, Blake Leeper, Roderick Urise Sewell Jr. and Rudy Garcia-Tolson.  This was photographed using half of the crosswalk (zebra-crossing as they say across the pond,) because some little sold-out event, known as the San Diego Triathlon Challenge was taking place. hehee!! )

 (Above: WOW. Huge turn-out to the sold-out
San Diego Triathlon Challenge.
It sells out every year.)

 (Above: Kathleen McCartney, y'up, THE Kathleen McCartney who put the Kona Ironman World Championship on the map. She thought that she was in 2nd place, however, her rival Julie Moss collapsed just a few yards short of the finish line, making her
the Winner.  Lesson learned: Show up and finish strong.
There's always some magic at the end.

On a side note: I did see Julie Moss on the swim but my photo is blurry...she's too fast!)
Follow Julie on Twitter. Click on HERE xoxo

 (Above: Bill Walton, NBA Hall of Fame.)
Follow Bill on Twitter. Click on HERE Grateful Dead fans!! xoxo
 (Above: Dr. Andy Baldwin, Naval Officer, from TV's 
"The Bachelor," placing his 
hand over his heart as the National Anthem is being sung.)

(Above: Roderick flying through the water.
 (Above: Jake arriving in La Jolla Cove for the
start of the swim!)
 (Above: Who's the most handsome guy here?)
Y'up, they are pointing at me.......hehee
Go Rudy Garcia-Tolson GO!!
Follow Rudy on Twitter. Click on HERE xoxo

 (Above: Nick Ekbatani taking a break from Graduate school where he's getting his MBA from "Go. Fight. Win.)
After this swim he had to drive home to LA 
to study for a test.
Nick loooooooves swimming.
He just started swimming 6 weeks ago with
Coach Gerry Rodrigues from Tower 26.
Click on HERE for Tower 26's Website xoxo
I can foresee Nick doing an Ironman one day SOON!!)

 (Above: Scout Bassett raising the roof!!
From her Twitter page---->
"Imported from China. Made in Michigan" Love that!! Yay!!)

 (Above: Sarah Reinertsen (left) getting ready to swim.)
 (Above: Photo-shoot in progress!!
Nick Ekbatani and Rudy Garcia-Tolson take a
selfies with a GoPro.)
 (Above: Almost there.)
 (Above: Cameron said "I'm the only one with a Spiderman wetsuit!! Booyah!)

 (Above: And "yes" those boots are Converse if you were asking!!
Woot woot. Stylish Haven!!)

 (Above: Nick, don't forget anything.)

 (Above: Hooray, hooray, the champion!!
Cody McCasland raising his hand in Victory. His father, Mike McCasland
on the left unzipping his Xterra Wetsuit.  The guy in green is a volunteer helping athletes out of the water, as well as onto the staircase leading up the Cove.)
(Above: Type in "no excuses" into Google Search and 
you'll find Cody!! That's how I found this picture.
ps This isn't my photo and I can't find the photographer to give him/her credit.)

 (Above: Massage time for Codylicious!!)


(Above: Hello Kitty!!! Love that!)

 (Above: Celeste Corcoran (left) heading towards the finish line. Yay!!)

 (Above: Kona Ironman 2013,  Top 10  Women's Finisher, Meredith B. Kessler encouraging a participant during the Kids Run.)

Top 10 Women
1. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 00:58:50, 4:58:20, 2:50:38, 8:52:14
2. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 00:54:09, 4:55:25, 3:03:37, 8:57:28
3. Liz Blatchford (GBR) 00:54:07, 4:57:40, 3:03:23, 9:03:35
4. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 1:01:57, 4:54:38, 3:03:25, 9:04:34
5. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 00:54:10, 4:57:50, 3:11:55, 9:09:09
6. Caitlin Snow (USA) 00:58:47, 5:08:05, 2:58:53, 9:10:12
7. Meredith Kessler (USA) 00:54:06, 4:55:13, 3:16:35, 9:10:19
8. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 00:54:12, 4:55:53, 3:16:31, 9:11:13
9. Gina Crawford (NZL) 00:54:14, 5:04:17, 3:11:18, 9:14:47
10. Linsey Corbin (USA) 00:59:11, 5:07:50, 3:04:54, 9:17:22

 (Above: The "Voice" of Ironman, Mike Reilly, 
high fiving a finisher.
YOU are a Kids Run Finisher!!!)

 (Above: Dr. Andy Baldwin in the house!!!)
 (Above: Happy 20th Birthday CAF!!)
 (Above: Blake Leeper is always all SMILES!!! Nice. 
2012 US Paralympics Team and 
World Record Holder in the 100m (T43)
Click on HERE and follow Blake's Twitter page. xoxo
 (Above: Isn't this tree amazing!!)

 (Above: Josh Cox--Ultra Runner. US 50K Record Holder.)

(Above: Check Presentation Ceremony.
Grand total from CAF's 20th Anniversary Weekend, including
MDC and SDTC: ready for it.....$2.7 Million dollars.
(Above: CAF Board Members and CAF Staff.)

(Above: "Are you Shiggy the photographer?" "Yes."
"Would you mind taking a photo of us to send back home." 
Hands me a smart-phone.  
"What's your name?" "I'm Kevin and this is my wife Celeste."
"Nice to meet you."
(I took photographs of Celeste Cocoran earlier. 
Celeste was one of the survivors at the Boston Marathon bombing.)
We then start talking about Boston. About how I attended Boston University and lived in Alston, just down the street from Mick Jagger!!!
"Mick Jagger, lived in Alston????"
"Whoops!! I meant, what's his name from Aerosmith."
"Steve Tyler."
 "I'm sorry, I'm on 1.5 hours of sleep. The song
'I've got the moves like Jagger" was stuck in my head.'"
"Because earlier we replicated the Abbey Road album cover
and when I asked Cody if he knew the Beatles, 
Cody's dad Mike McCasland 
said, "no, how would he know the Beatles?  That's too long ago. Cody's only 12." 
And then he added,
"Cody, does know the song, "I've got the moves like Jagger."
"So Kevin, how do you know my name."
"It's written on your back pack. SHIGGY."
(Let's out a sigh.......I thought that I was famous and that Kevin had  recognized me.....alas, it's from my back pack.)
And how did I remember Kevin's name you might ask?
Kevin looks like Kevin McHale and Kevin McHale
played for the Boston Celtics.)

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
 Theodore Roosevelt

(Above: California Dreamin'
These guys are in the arena!!)