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Gord Pauls Has “Iron” Ambitions
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Boston Marathon competitor Gord Pauls is training to raise money for Haiti.

Gord Pauls has crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon ten times. He has trained to swim, bike and run his way through two gruelling Ironman competitions. He has also helped to establish Canada’s fastest Boston Marathon qualifying course in Hamilton, Ontario, the “Road 2 Hope Marathon,” which has raised thousands of dollars for the children of Haiti in previous years. However, in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake, the need for help has become even more urgent.

The 56-year-old co-owner of The Runners Den in Hamilton is therefore suiting up for a Triple Ironman to raise $250,000 for Haiti in August 2010. He is training to swim 11.4 kilometers, bike 540 kilometers, and run 126.6 kilometers over the course of three consecutive days for a total of 678 kilometers. Gord hopes to find a sponsor for each of the 678 kilometers at $370 per kilometer.

All monies received will be tax receiptable and will be used in Haiti to help the poor climb out of poverty through the implementation of sustainable micro-credit development projects. 

These micro-credit projects will be developed and managed by Empower Global, a Canadian not-for-profit entity with a proven track record of working with the poorest of the poor, and achieving high-impact sustainable results – economically, educationally, and in terms of health as well.

Ambitious? Definitely. Impossible? Not for a committed Christian and humanitarian like Gord Pauls. “These people down in Haiti, it’s an Ironman every day for them just to survive,” he says. More information is available on Gord Paul’s website.

Originally published in Beacon, April 2010.

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