ABOUT EDDIE KENNEY
46 Years-Old, Dad, 20+yr USAF Veteran, Triathlete
For many, the idea of completing a Triathlon (never mind 26 of them) is as daunting a task as climbing Mt. Everest. It certainly was for me in February 2016 when I first decided to TRI.
I was overweight, in a failing marriage, and tired all the time. My idea of exercise was Beer League Softball.
Initially, I got into triathlon to find some common ground with my wife. At that time, she was an exceptionally high performing age-group triathlete. It quickly became clear that I was putting a Band-Aid on a much bigger issue. At the time the marriage ended, I was in the middle of training for my first full Ironman. I had a decision to make; retreat to the unhealthy, or continue on my path to becoming an Ironman? I chose Ironman!
Since my journey began, I have successfully completed many triathlons. Distances ranging from super sprint all the way to Ironman Chattanooga and most recently Challenge Roth 140.6 in July 2019.
Is the reaction I typically get. Here's Why:
From the beginning, I’ve been participating in triathlon for selfish reasons. I have decided that 2020 is the time that I channel that effort toward a much bigger purpose than myself.
I remember with distinct clarity watching James Lawrence’s Iron Cowboy documentary during one of my long trainer rides. I said “there’s no way! This guy is nuts!” Why would anyone put themselves through something like that? Then it hit me. He had his eyes on something much bigger than the physical task itself. His motivation was about helping others. I jumped off the bike and scribbled the title on my whiteboard. It was at this moment that “26 in 52” was born.
SERVICE BEFORE SELF
I decided that I wanted my efforts to be directed towards helping bring attention to an epidemic that has its grip on many of our veterans. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not new to our returning forces. For generations, men and women warfighters are returning home plagued by PTSD.
... is to complete the 70.3 distance every other week for the entirety of 2020.
I’m planning on participating in at least 4 USAT sanctioned events and will also be racing at Ironman Lake Placid in July 2020 (this will count as 2 of the 26).
The remainder of the events will be self-directed.
In addition to the USAT sanctioned events, I plan to travel to different military installations to complete part of the challenge. I am encouraging other athletes to join me for all or some of my journey.
Become an ambassador and commit to annual fundraising amount $250+, help me spread the word, organize a local 5k event, pledge $1, $5, $20 for each week that I complete, come join me (in person or virtually)
Who’s with me?