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Carrie's First Triathlon!
Reaching my goal so kids can reach theirs...
"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

Hi family & friends,

I DID IT!! I finally finished my first triathlon!! On July 27th, 2008 I crossed the finish line with 80 of my colleagues at the Active Network in the XTerra Wetsuits Solana Beach Triathlon! The waves were big on Sunday, the swim was difficult, and on top of it I was sick, so it ended up being one of the toughest physical challenges of my life. But through prayer and determination I muscled through it; not stopping once to walk or catch my breath. It took every ounce of energy out of me, and I was happy when it was over. But through our fundraising, my team was able to raise $57,000 for the homeless youth at the Monarch School in downtown San Diego!

Homeless youth from all over San Diego County ride the trolley or the bus, sometimes 45 minutes each way, to get a good education at the Monarch School. This school provides them with an opportunitiy to graduate from high school with a diploma that can get them into college, get them a job in the future, and get them off the streets. I believe this school is helping to break the cycle of poverty through education, and is loving on kids who might not receive love elsewhere.

Please feel free to check out the school's website to learn more: http://www.monarchschools.org/

Thanks to your generous donations, I was the top fundraiser for my team! That felt even better than finishing the tri, I have to tell you. The good news is that we are continuing to accept donations for the Monarch School for the next few weeks! So if you have wanted to donate all along and haven't gotten the chance, there is still time to do it! If you want to reward my accomplishment, I would rather you donate to the school than pat me on the back. I already feel awesome. :) I would LOVE to reach my goal of $2,500. If you can support the Monarch School with a donation I would greatly appreciate it. The race was so incredibly exhausting and at times painful, but it pales in comparison to the lives these kids face every day. I would do this whole triathlon over again today, if it meant raising another $57,000 for these kids.

THANK YOU for your contributions, your donations, your prayers. My knees are killing me today, to the point that I can't walk very well, but I felt no pain on race day, and I know that was an answer to your prayers. I have been completely overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness of my friends and family during the course of this event. I was brought to tears several times when I would receive an e-mail that I had received yet another huge, generous donation. I strongly believe you never go poor by giving, and it was inspiring to see that so many of you feel the same way. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Total Donations Collected:$2,386.00
Goal: $2,500
$0 95% $2,500
Monarch’s mission is to help homeless and at-risk youth break the cycle of poverty through education. The school provides them with an accredited education and enrichment programs while caring for their basic needs.
Contributor Amount Comment
Sylvia Lange $25.00 "If anyone can get ready for a Triathlon, it's Carrie James. If anyone can rustle up a lot of donations for a good cause like this, it's Carrie James. Give Carrie James a job... and she'll get it DONE."
RACHEL BURGER Hidden "Best of luck, Carrie - you will do GREAT! We are proud of you :) ~Rachel + Adam"
Tammy Costello Hidden "Carrie - This is my life verse, may it be your strength during these next few months: "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 In Him, Tammy"
David Bareno $100.00 "So many people are worse off then I... Giving just makes sense. God bless you on the way to $1000"
Ryan Oropallo $25.00 "Train hard Carrie and make sure to have fun at the race!!!"
Jared Thurston Hidden "Good Luck!"
Megan Ridgway $25.00
Phyllis Otto $25.00
Kunal Raval $25.00
Douglas Sacks $50.00 "Carrie: Best of luck ..for a worthy cause. Keep the updates coming. -Doug"
Erin Gillooly $25.00 "Get out there and show them what sexy's all about!"
Nicole German $50.00
Oluwatobi Dawodu $25.00 "Way to go Carrie, what an awesome cause. I'm impressed and inspired with you dedication to this. Get out there an show them how it's done!"
margot burger $50.00 "More sexy pictures!!"
Kathrine Cassidy $50.00
Becca Koenemann $25.00
Heather Garcia $25.00
Liana Hunt Hidden "Carrie- Matt and I are so proud of you! You go girl!"
Anonymous $709.00
Abraham Casteel $25.00 "You go girl!!! Hope you have a great time and reach your goal! May God bless you in this mission!"
Jennifer Scott $50.00 "Good Luck Carrie!! :) "
Anonymous $250.00
Carlyn Shaw $25.00 "Go gettem' tiger!!! i am so proud of you!"
Mark Kuusik $25.00
Jenelle Moffett $50.00
Rachel Shorees $35.00 "Carrie...Way to GO! I'm SO proud of you."
Lyndsay Itoh Hidden "Carrie- That June 20th email is SOOOO inspiring!!! I am so incredibly proud of you! Reading your email made me want to run outside and get movin'! You have come so far since I left San Diego, you have much to be proud of! Way to go! I love reading about your progress and can't wait to hear how the tri goes! I miss you tremendously! Keep up the amazing work and kick some butt!!! Love, Lyndsay (and Toshimi)"
Kyle Hyma $50.00
Meagan Johnston $25.00 "Go Carrie!! So proud of you :)"
Melissa Stuckey $25.00
Chris Surdock $30.00 "When you get tired, just picture Giovanni's smiling face. That ought to perk you up a little bit"
Connie & Richard Unger $50.00 "Good luck, Carrie! Thanks for helping to raise money for a super-worthwhile cause!"
Anonymous $100.00 "Carrie, remember above all, enthusiasm is the engine of success. Go get them girl."
Alanna Pearl $50.00
David Bareno Hidden
David Meall Hidden "Congrats Carrie on your achievements! Very proud of you!"
Kacey Bien $50.00
Patima Pataramekin $25.00 "You are an amazing athlete Miss Carrie James! I am so proud of you and simply cannot wait to hear your glorifying stories! Congrats love!"

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