Caren Ware's Blog

September 3, 2011

Meet Madison

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 11:46 pm

Meet MADISON HIMLER, a motivated thirteen year old from Tustin. She stood out in a crowd of people registering for Wet n Wild Run at Road Runner Sports in Laguna Hills. Her dad said he liked giving his kids the chance to do some ‘just for fun’ events. I overheard them talking about her two mile ocean swim she had just finished that morning for training. So I had to ask. Training for what?
Madison has some clear goals. To compete in the Kona Ironman when she turns eighteen. To go to the Olympics in two events, triathlon and swimming. And to attend Standford University and gain a degree in teaching. How is she going to do that? By doing what she is doing? Training, competing, and training some more. That takes strong family support, but I had to smile when Madison’s dad said Madison is taking it upon herself to raise money for her own equipment and travel to events. She formed her own letter and is sending them out. After introducing herself and the goals mentioned above she explains…
“I have recently just qualified for the Ironkids National Championship in West De Moines Iowa and one of my goals there is to finish top 3 in my age bracket. I plan to do at least 5 triathlons this year which included the Pacific Coast Triathlon; Ironkids San Diego which I did a few weekends ago, there I got 4th in my age group (13 year old girls) and got 5 in my division (15-12 year old girls) and qualified for the Ironkids National Championships in West De Moines Iowa; the USAT youth and Junior National Championships; Pacific Coast Triathlon; the Ironkids National Championship; the Kring and Chung Newport beach Triathlon and hopefully many more. We have one problem though. Our family does not have a huge amount of money to pay for all the gear and training to do all these triathlons. So I was wondering if you would be willing to sponsor me in any form to help me. Thank you so much.
Yours Sincerely, Madison Himler”
Let’s see what happens if a few of us help her along in her pursuit to pursue. Without knowing them or asking them, I am forwarding her dad’s email. You can contact them directly and help get her to some events to ‘test the waters’ so to speak .Email: kurthimler@gmail.com .
I just happened to glance up at a packet pick up and noticed the girl in front of me was well trained and backed by a proud dad. That’s a winning combination right there. Train on, Madison. Train on. And don’t forget to thank those that help get you there. She said she is hoping to get a road racing bike as the next step.

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