The inaugural Ironman US Championship in New York and New Jersey is about to get its kickoff, as six-time Ironman world champ Dave Scott gets ready to inspire the athletes. The Ironman will take place on August 11, 2012, and the athletes are training as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. LLS, with sponsors like Corey Ribotsky and so many others, works to fight blood cancers around the world.
The 12 member team that is part of the LLS's New Jersey Chapter will be training for the next eight months to get ready for the Ironman. The group, also including about 50 participants from the New York City Chapter, will raise funds for LLS along the way as they prepare for the race.
As Guy Adami, the New Jersey team organizer and a panelist on CNBC's Fast Money said, "My teammates and I are hoping to build on the impact that Team In Training has had over its 23-year history, with more than $1.2 billion raised to help beat cancer. Taking on the Ironman is a daunting goal, but it pales in comparison to the challenges cancer patients face every day."