Philadelphia’s premiere triathlon and open water swimming club – recently joined forces with the Ironheart Foundation, a national non-profit, with the mission to transform, empower, and impact the lives of people affected by heart disease through: education, research, support, and inspiration. One of Ironheart’s initiatives is to encourage individuals to participate in endurance sports to promote heart healthy living. To support this outreach, French Creek Racing will promote and financially sponsor the Ironheart Foundation through all of French Creek Racing’s events and training groups beginning with the 2015 Open Water Race Series, in Upper Merion Township, PA.
The partnership emerged through the friendship between French Creek Racing’s Allison Spreng and Ironheart Racing Team athlete and board member Ruth Ann Subach. At the age of 29 each athlete lost her father to heart disease; Allison herself struggled with a cardiac illness for over two years. Personal experience combined with dedication to their organizations’ missions showed Allison and Ruth Ann that French Creek Racing and The Ironheart Foundation would make excellent partners.
“French Creek Racing is excited to join the Ironheart Foundation in raising awareness of …conditions, and in the possibility of prevention or enhanced recovery through endurance racing,” said John Kenny, the founder of French Creek Racing.
“Participating in triathlon is known to help people who suffer from heart problems and heart disease. Swimming helps these people fight disease, and it helps their hearts become strong again. This is what makes French Creek Racing and the Ironheart Foundation the perfect match.”
“Ironheart Racing is pleased to begin this partnership with French Creek Racing to help spread awareness of various life-threatening cardiac conditions while educating the public about how to prevent them by living heart healthy lives,” said Dave Watkins, founder of the Ironheart Foundation. “Endurance racing and training for sporting events such as triathlon and open water swimming embodies the type of activity that we support as an organization.”
Recent statistics place heart disease as the leading killer of men and women, with one in three adults affected. Heart disease claims more lives annually than cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes and accidents combined. Heart defects are the top birth defect worldwide, making heart and cardiac issues internationally epidemic.
To learn more about the Ironheart Foundation, please visit: http://ironheartfoundation.org.
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