Utah Triathlete Setting Records For A Cause

Top Quote James Lawrence, a 34-year-old Utah man, is racing in a world record number of 70.3 mile Half Ironman events, with the goal to raise both awareness of the drought situation in Eastern Kenya, and funds to build water retention systems to combat that issue. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 05, 2010 - 34-year-old James Lawrence is a triathlete with a cause. James is currently on a quest to complete a world record number of 70.3 mile Half Ironman races. Already more than halfway through, James is on track to accomplish his goal. What makes him even more unique is his cause. James is competing to bring awareness to the drought situation in Eastern Kenya. He calls his project "Tri and Give a Dam." (www.triandgiveadam.com), and the proceeds he raises go to In Our Own Quiet Way, a Utah-based charity. (www.quietway.org)

    James has traveled across the country, and even out of the country a couple of times, competing in 70.3 mile races. Last weekend he even did 2 races back-to-back, one in Michigan and one in Calgary.

    Currently nearly 3.5 million people are starving in Eastern Kenya as a result of a very dry "rainy" season, and also because of the deforesting of the Mau forest. What little rainwater that does fall is washed down the dry ground, straight into the Indian Ocean. The water tables and aquifers are dry. The Give a Dam project provides a self-sustaining way to collect that rainwater, to store it, and to bring the water table back up - filling the aquifers and making dry wells produce again.

    James says "I'd like to see the Tri and Give a Dam project result in at least 20 of the 1000 dams that we intend to build."

    More information can be found at www.triandgiveadam.com and www.quietway.org

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