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Trevor Waagner
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Why did you become a Blazeman Warrior?
My wife completed the IMAZ in 06, and The blazeman was a volunteer that year at the race. I had watched them for years and years on TV, but it wasn't til I saw the story on Ryan Van Praet and Brian Breen, that I thought "Hey, I could do something" So I reached out over the internet and a few days later got an amazing phone call from Bob Blais. He is one of the most inspirational and intelligent people I have ever talked to, and was even more inspired to find a way to help. Now Our aid station at IMAZ will always be the blazeman warriors, and I would love to see a blazeman aid station at every ironman.

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Ironman Arizona Run Aid #3 Memories from the day

Things went great yesterday, somehow we missed Rob Spinosa all three times, but judging by his times he was really moving. I got to enjoy a great personal interaction with Rudy Garcia Tolson, highlight of my day, I hope that by sharing how he has motivated me and every student I have ever had, that I helped provide some motivation for him to get to the line. The new blazeman banner was awesome, we will be sending that back to you guys along with your flags, some team blazeman arizona and… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:42am

Message to get recuits for IMAZ Run Aid #3 and Raise awareness

Do you know what ALS is, do you know what it does? Did you know there isn't a cure, or anything they can do for someone who is diagnosed. Watch this quick video to see what it's like and what it does to a family.

Help us raise awareness, and find a cure. Come volunteer at the Ironman Arizona Triathlon, Run Aid… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 10:59am

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At 5:44pm on May 3, 2013, April Hartsook said…

"April Hartsook: ALS Warrior"

These days, it's not unusual for an athlete to dedicate a special game to someone who has passed away. For years, triathletes April Hartsook and her pal Karen Kelly have competed in Ironman competitions around the world, raising awareness and funding for research to find a cure in the WAR ON ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In honor of their friends Jon Blais & Rosemary Craig, and in memory of Karen's Mother, all who died of ALS. But this year, it's different, April will be racing not only without Karen, now she's racing FOR Karen. Through some sick twist of fate, Karen was herself diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and is in the fight of life.

Here in America, nearly 6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year, and over 30,000 have the disease at any given time. Karen Kelly's Mom was one of those victims, and now, so is Karen.

"Karen is a true Ironman. For years she has tirelessly given to the ALS BLazeman Foundation and the ALS community in hopes of raising awareness. She's been strong for others, and now we want to be strong for her", said Hartsook, who is a professional fitness trainer in North Carolina when she's not traveling the globe to compete in Ironman competitions.

An Ironman competition requires participants to compete in three events within a 17 hour time limit They consist of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. Over 100,000 athletes enter some 37 Ironman races every year, hoping to snag one of the 2,000 slots in the annual Ironman World Championships, which are held in Kona, Hawaii. Anyone who finishes first in his age group in any race during the season, automatically qualifies for a slot in the Kona finals, held in October.

April has been training everyday of her life for many years and is fully prepared for a qualifying race to gain entry, however she has entered the 2013 IRONMAN KONA INSPIRED CONTEST by submitting a video describing her plight to get to Kona to fight for Karen, not because she wants something for FREE~ but because the Ironman mantra “Anything is Possible” is what we need in finding a CURE for ALS. April will be asking people to log onto the website, watch her video entitled "KONA FOR KAREN AND ALS", and with the simple click of the mouse, cast a VOTE to help send them to KONA. Entries with the most votes will be granted a complimentary an entry in the Race. "This isn't about me, this is about Karen and the WAR ON ALS, I need to get to KONA and having the world help me gives them a chance to be a part of something "So others may live", said Hartsook.

For April & Karen, the clock is ticking, this disease is fast and furious and Karen is fighting for her life.

The World Championship stage will serve as the perfect global platform to tell the world this disease NEEDS a cure.
"I've lost too many friends to ALS, and I'm tired of feeling helpless against this horrible disease", said Hartsook. "There is not a doubt in my mind I am capable of finishing the Ironman in KONA, and I want to cross that finish line and hug my friend and tell her she matters, and tell the world ALS NEEDS A CURE".

April has already helped to raise thousands of dollars from individuals and companies who have supported her mission, and that money goes directly to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS ( and is dispersed with some of the funding going to Grants here in our own community at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who are working to find a cure for ALS.
"I'll be asking for VOTES, and I'll be asking people to donate what they can, if they can. . And if I can compete on the World Stage of IRONMAN and captivate an audience large enough, we can spread the word, bring the awareness needed, and raise funds to help find a cure for this horrible disease. "I want millions of people to know why I'm racing", said Hartsook. "SO OTHERS MAY LIVE".
At 1:43pm on November 15, 2012, blazedad said…

Jon Blais & the Blazeman Foundation

Run Aid Station 3 is proud to again be supporting the Blazeman Foundation & the foundation’s 'War on ALS'.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), affects approximately 350,000 people worldwide. Around 50% of the people

diagnosed die within 3 years with the expected life span after an ALS diagnosis no more than 5 years.

ALS is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain & spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the

brain to the spinal cord & from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. When the motor neurons

degenerate & die, the ability of the brain to initiate & control muscle movement is lost. No muscle function leads

to death.

In November 2005, Jon Blais completed the Ironman World Championship @ Kona, HI, five months after he was

diagnosed with ALS.

Jon started the 'War on ALS' to increase awareness of ALS & to raise funds to find a cure.

Jon passed in May 2007. His family & friends have continued with the 'War on ALS' & the Blazeman Foundation.

The Blazeman Foundation for ALS website. The website has plenty of information on current ALS research.

Video of Jon’s 2005 Ironman World Championship (Kona).

Video of Jon’s return to the Ironman World Championship (Kona) in 2006.

There will be several racers who support the Blazeman Foundation including 2011 Ironman Arizona winner &

2012 Ironman World Championship (Kona) winner Leanda Cave (bib 70).



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