Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 17, 2013
Crazy fit Austin spitfire Alissa Magrum heads to Snow Basin Resort in Utah this weekend to compete in the Xterra Off Road Triathlon U.S. Championships.
Magrum’s mission is two-fold.
The executive director of Colin’s Hope, an Austin-based non-profit that works to prevent childhood drowning, hopes to qualify for the Off Road Triathlon World Championships in Maui in October. More importantly, she wants to spread the word about Colin’s Hope and its new Athlete Ambassador program.
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children 5 and under in the U.S. Participants in the Athlete Ambassador program raise money so Colin’s Hope can provide water safety information to families and sponsor swim lessons for children who need them.
Magrum, 39, races Saturday. She’ll swim, mountain bike and trail run over a rugged course in a mountain setting, alongside athletes from all over the country. So far, she and her team have raised more than $65,000 for the non-profit.
"This is my chance to marry my passion for off road triathlons with my passion to prevent children from drowning," says Magrum, who has an 8-year-old daughter, Ella.
Athletes ranging in age from 7 to 75 can participate in the Athlete Ambassador program, no matter what their sport. Colin’s Hope provides web-based support materials to set up a personal fund-raising page. It also offers motivational support and fund-raising tips.
"Whether you swim, bike, run, walk, hula-hoop or organize an event with your family and friends, you can help raise funds and promote water safety awareness doing something you love," Magrum says.
For more information about Colin’s Hope go to www.colinshope.org.