With Many Marathons Under His Belt, Falmouth Resident is Ready To Take On Ironman Triathlon
By: CAMERON PANEPINTO, July 28, 2014
After hosting two Olympic games (1932 and 1980), including “Miracle on Ice,” and countless other events, Lake Placid, New York, is no stranger to athletic competition. One such competition is the Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon. Widely regarded as one of the toughest tests of human endurance, Ironman triathlons feature thousands of world-class athletes at each of their 10 continental US events.
Falmouth resident David W. Corbett will be competing in the Lake Placid event on Sunday, July 27, for his first-ever Ironman triathlon. The 30-year-old Mr. Corbett has been training for this event for the last nine months and is “beyond thrilled” to finally compete.
With its first race held 16 years ago, Lake Placid boasts the second-oldest Ironman competition around. Set in the Adirondack Mountains, the event requires athletes to complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon in that order. Any participant who completes the race in less than 17 hours is considered an “ironman.”
The manager at Marathon Sports in Mashpee, Mr. Corbett loves trivia night at “The Lanes” in Mashpee Commons, as well as spending time at the beach and hanging out with friends. Another pleasure in his life is running.
Mr. Corbett has run in 22 marathons, including three Boston Marathons. “My goal is to run a marathon in each of the 50 states,” he said.
Of the three parts of the triathlon, Mr. Corbett is most anxious about the swim. “I have a running background, so I’m confident there,” Mr. Corbett said. “The swim will be difficult, but I’ll relax once I hit the water.”
Despite having previous marathon experience, Mr. Corbett has continued to train arduously for the last nine months.
“I have a coach, Ray Botelho, who has been such a great help to me,” Mr. Corbett said. “I’ve done a lot more running and I’ve done a lot of swimming, biking, and many ‘double sessions’.”
He described the training to be the most daunting aspect of the race. He said, “It’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever trained for between the workouts, the time spent, and just commitment.”
Marathon Sports in Mashpee has an athletic staff and a few of them have completed Ironman events themselves. These co-workers are the ones who gave Mr. Corbett the idea to compete himself.
“I always push myself further,” Mr. Corbett said. “After hearing about this event from co-workers, I had to do it,”
Although the basis for the Ironman triathlons is athletic competition, many athletes choose to use the event as a fundraising cause. While training for the race, Mr. Corbett has also been working to fundraise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). His team of 110 athletes is hoping to raise $750,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the official charity of Ironman Lake Placid. Mr. Corbett’s personal goal is to raise at least $5,000, a sum that he has already surpassed by over $100.
Mr. Corbett said, “This is my first time fundraising for a charity and competing for others. Besides my own well-being, the idea that I’m competing for those less fortunate than me has motivated me these past months during training.”
Multiple myeloma is currently an incurable blood cancer. The MMRF was created in 1998 and has since raised $250 million that goes toward finding a cure for this disease. The foundation is also one of the few that has been known to share its research and knowledge with other cancer institutes.
“I’ve been sending out e-mails and have been using my blog that people read as well as my Facebook page to fundraise and explain the progress I’ve been making in training.” Mr. Corbett said.
He also organized two fundraisers in June that raised over $2,000.
Mike Reilly, an iconic staple at Ironman triathlons, announces the name of every competitor who crosses the finish line for 17 hours. His famous shout, “You are an ironman!” is one of the things that Mr. Corbett is most looking forward to.
“My biggest goal is to finish and to finish with daylight still in the sky. When you cross the finish line at something like this, there just are no words.”