Oktoberfest Triathlon - October 9, 2016


So it’s my rookie year as a triathlete, and I’ve managed to get 4 races (including this Oktoberfest tri), a half marathon, and a 5k under my belt. Some would call me crazy for breaking into the sport at 34 years old, and they wouldn’t be wrong, but I’ve always been the type that’s searching for the next challenge, the next test, the next adventure; I guess I’ve got a restless soul that way. So when this challenge came along, I was motivated by theopportunity to up the stakes and race for a cause.

The Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is a 96 acre former beef cattle ranch turned 501c3 vegan farm sanctuary tucked away off of highway 35 in Angleton, TX, just southwest of Houston. Its home to over 80 farm animals of all varieties and its mission is to share a message of compassion with others by being compassionate to those who don’t have a voice. Renee and Tommy accommodate countless visitors and volunteers at the farm to help others experience the same journey they have lived and the fulfillment that’s come from living with and learning from the animals on the farm.

It’s because my family and I share the passion for the work that the owners and staff of the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary do on a daily basis that I’m excited to represent them at the I-Tri Events Oktoberfest Triathlon in Cross Creek Ranch on October 9th. Every mile I swim, bike, and run and every donation made will go to support the farm sanctuary. So please donate, and wish me luck come race time, I’ll be the one with “Plant-Based Powerhouse” written on him!

~  Michael Piehler

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