Crew Trust’s Executive Director, Brenda Brooks, traveled to Panama City Beach to participate in a full Ironman Triathlon on November 7th.
Thousands of cheering spectators formed the backdrop for what many consider one of the toughest endurance events in existence with nearly 3000 athletes competing from around the globe.
Brenda approached this difficult sporting event with the same enthusiasm and criteria that she feels is necessary for the success of the CREW Land & Water Trust, passion and enthusiasm for helping others and forming beneficial partnerships that work in cooperation to benefit all. Brenda participated in the Ironman Triathlon, constantly encouraging other athletes, stopping to lend assistance, and keeping an ever-present positive attitude built around having fun and enjoying the experience while testing her own resolve.
Lasting over 16 hours she swam 2.4 miles in rough seas with 4-5 foot breakers, biked 112 windy miles and finished by running a full marathon (26.2 miles) into the night, crossing the finish line in the rain for a total of 140.6 miles.
Smiling and elated she accomplished not only a difficult personal goal but in the process truly touched the lives of both athletes and spectators alike.
Congratulations Brenda on a job well done.
Brenda Brooks, YOU are an IRONMAN!
To read more about Brenda’s training leading up to her Ironman visit: http://www.naplesnews.com/community/outside-her-comfort-zone-crew-director-brenda-brooks-to-compete-in-her-first-ironman-ep-1290726433-331144341.html