Gail is pictured here with her biggest fan (daughter Jill) right after completing her very first triathlon in August 2013. After a couple years of being a runner and competing in the Peachtree Road Race, several Half Marathons, and two full Marathons, Gail’s interest turned to triathlon after she bought a bike for “cross training.” All she needed to do was learn how to swim and the rest is history! Gail has competed in several sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and 3 Half Iron distance triathlons. She designated 2016 as “the” year to do a Full IRONMAN – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run and began her training in April for her target race – IRONMAN Maryland on October 1, 2016.
Gail will be raising money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia in the months prior to the race to raise awareness and, of course, honor her spirited and inspirational daughter and all those who also suffer from epilepsy. Make your donation and support Gail today!
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My daughter was a junior in college at the time, a nursing student at a school four hours away. We are close and share a special bond, so it was not unusual to get a call one random morning while she was working out on the elliptical at the gym. After a bit of chit-chat, she told me she had these ‘weird tingling feelings’ in her arm and back. It had happened a couple times and I guess she was concerned enough she wanted to ask me about it. An alarm went off in my head as I thought about a teenage girl I had known years before who had similar symptoms and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I, of course, said nothing about this, but strongly suggested she get checked out by a doctor. I think I even recommended the emergency room, because I doubted the school’s clinic would have been much help. She went that day or the next; they ran blood work, did a couple tests, and found nothing.
Six days later as I was driving to work in the pouring rain, I got a phone call from an unrecognized number, and answered reluctantly. It was my daughter’s boyfriend calling to tell me she had had a seizure. What?? He was panicky and upset and told me the she had been taken by ambulance to the hospital. Needless to say, I did not go to work, but called my employer and told them that I was driving straight Continue Reading>
Help support Gail in her mission to complete the IRONMAN and raise awareness for Epilepsy! Your donation is 100% tax deductible, as EFGA is a 501c3 charitable organization. The funds raised through Gail’s IRONMAN training will support the 150,000+ Georgians living with epilepsy, as well as their families and caregivers. The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (EFGA) is the only health agency in Georgia dedicated to serving more than Georgians who have epilepsy and seizure disorders statewide. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families through community education activities for all age levels and comprehensive set of client service programs. The foundation also reaches out to the community at large to reduce the stigma that is often attached to epilepsy and educate the public on seizure recognition and first aid.
Through fundraisers like Gail’s IRONMAN training, EFGA is able to raise both funds and awareness to assist those living with epilepsy in this state. The foundation is reliant on the support of the community and strives to reach all Georgians who live with this disorder, as well as their families. MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY!
Swim in the Choptank River and ride through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
The city of Cambridge was settled by English colonists in 1684, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. To this day it has remained a small, scenic town, rich in history and full of sights straight out of James Michenerʼs novel, Chesapeake. In 2002, the city’s economy was boosted by the opening of the 400-room Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort, which draws golfers, spa-goers, and boaters. Cambridge’s downtown business district was designated a historical district in 1990, and the city is known for its vibrant arts scene, local shopping, restaurants, and rich history.
One thing that makes this course unique is its 112-mile bike course, taking athletes through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge—a critical waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway and containing nearly one-third of Marylandʼs tidal wetlands. The refuge consists of over 27,000 acres of freshwater impoundments, tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed forests. The refuge is also home to over 250 bird species, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, 165 species of threatened and endangered plants, and numerous mammals that can be spotted throughout the year in the region’s marshes, forests, meadows, and fields.
IRONMAN Maryland begins with a 2.4-mile swim in the fresh water of the Choptank River on the Delmarva Peninsula. Water temperatures can vary between 73 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The 112-mile bike takes athletes through Dorchester County and into the aforementioned wildlife refuge. The course is flat, fast and […]