Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2 Rudy’s Together – Star of Rudy, Sean Astin, Partners with Rudy Project

Star of RudyLord of the Rings and The Goonies Partners with Italian Sports Brand Rudy Project to Support His IRONMAN World Championship Race & Raise Funds for After School Running Programs Through the IRONMAN® Foundation

Denver, CO (September 30, 2015) –Rudy Project, crafters of the #1 Most-Worn Aero / TT Helmet at the IRONMAN® World Championships for the last four consecutive years, is thrilled to announce a partnership with Kona-bound athlete and world-renowned actor Sean Astin. Already accustomed to identifying himself with the name Rudy, Sean’s leading role as Daniel Ruettiger in the award-winning 1993 film Rudy made him a household name, but today, with the help of Rudy Project, he is using his celebrity status to inspire others with his global #Run3rd® campaign.
sean6“Cycling is a thrilling sport and every time I climb on my bike, I know that it can be dangerous,” Sean shared.  “I feel more comfortable on the streets and biking down hills knowing that I’m protected by the best technology in the field. The helmets all fit perfectly. I wear several different models depending on the day, terrain and whether I’m on my road bike or tri bike. One day I started to pedal but was in too low a gear and fell over and hit my head hard on the cement. I took off the helmet and wiped off the scratch. I stood embarrassed in the street staring at the helmet and realized I probably would have had a concussion or worse if I wasn’t wearing it. The point is that it worked. I love that I’m working with such a solid company. In the movie Rudy, Rudy follows his dreams and never quits. In my pursuit of Kona, I’m following a dream and I will never quit. I’m proud to have the Rudy Project on board to support this dream.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sean Astin Launches #Run3rd Fundraising Campaign

#Run3rd Fundraising Campaign

"Fitness combined with a structured emphasis on community should be available for every student.” —Sean Astin
Sean Astin with kids at the Inaugural #Run3rd 5K in Mesa, AZ, April 11, 2015.

From IRONMAN - "Sean will be in for one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of his life! It will inspire people and show them that anything is possible (who better than RUDY!). His background, commitment to competition and eagerness to immerse himself in philanthropic activities makes him a great ambassador for the sport. We are thrilled to welcome Sean into the IRONMAN family in October.

"The IRONMAN World Championship is a 140.6-mile swim-bike-run event on October 10, 2015, on the Big Island of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The “Super Bowl of Triathlons” will provide Sean a global platform to promote his philanthropic passion. He will be competing among professionals, amateurs and everyday athletes."

Soooo, after close consultation with my family, I decided to give it a go. The Ironman organization will donate $25,000 to my #Run3rd charity upon completion of the race. I’ve created this crowdfunding platform to make it easy for people who are watching me pursue this dream help student/runners follow theirs. I’ve set an extremely ambitious goal of $50,000.

The fundraising page explains the basic premise of how I will manage the distribution of the funds.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sean Astin: Training for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon

Earlier this year, Sean Astin was invited to take part in the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, on October 10, 2015. The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim in open water, a 112 mile bike race, and a full 26.2 mile marathon.

Sean has been training in earnest for several months, and has already participated in two shorter triathlon events: the Ironman Vineman 70.3 Triathlon in Sonoma, CA, on July 12, and the Cranberry Trifest Olympic in Lakeville, MA, on August 23.

Here are some postings, videos and photos from Sean about these events and his other training regimen as he prepares for this incredible challenge.

July 12, 2015: Ironman 70.3 Sonoma, CA

Who's that guy in the California jersey? Wait a minute. It's me!!! This Sunday, I completed my first Ironman 1/2 Triathlon. That's right folks, I'm Half an Ironman, or a Halfling if you will…

It was called the Vineman 70.3 in Sonoma.

Here's the math: 1.2 mile swim -- 56 mile cycle -- 13.1 mile run. I completed it in 7 hours and 25 minutes and felt great afterward.

Have a gander at some pics taken by my friends Kris, Mindy & Eli: