I’d like to introduce you to Jim Birch – past participant of one of our triathlons. He has been an amazing inspiration to the team with his enthusiasm and spirit. You may have seen him featured in the commemorative program OR truckin’ along on race day. Meet Jim Birch, as he has exciting news to share with you!
I’m a 70-year-old man, a thirty-year Triathlete, who has won a slot on the U.S.A. Triathlon Team and will, thereby, compete in September 2013, in the ITU Olympic Distance World Championship in London!
I have competed in 8 world championships, but this is the first time I will be wearing a uniform representing the United States, and that is most exciting!
So why do I challenge myself by racing in triathlons? I have always believed that I have no real control over the quantity of life, but I can control the quality of my life. The plus-factor is I get to share this passion of mine with some amazing people who fill both gender and age groups. Triathlon is the only sport I have done where I compete WITH, not against fellow competitors. Although my step is a little slower now, my enthusiasm for triathlons remains as high as ever. Triathletes have a saying: “The pain is temporary, the memory is forever.” Do I have some great memories? You bet, and I still want more!