For the second year in a row, Andy Wirth will be leading team Special Warfare Warriors in the triathlon. Wirth will be performing the final leg of the event, a marathon run. Wirth and his team are competing to raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation. The Foundation provides immediate and ongoing assistance as needed to Navy Seals and their families.
Wirth has developed a special bond with the Navy Seals over the past two years. While rehabilitating injuries sustained in October 2013 due to a near fatal skydiving accident, Wirth met a group of SEALs in Squaw Valley. The SEALs were in the region as part of their winter mountain combat training. Wirth credits their advice and attitude as helping his recovery along.
Wirth is a booster for the Lake Tahoe area and had lobbied Ironman to hold a triathlon race in the area. When Ironman agreed to do so in 2014, its CEO told Wirth now that he had his race, he expected him to be in it. Even though he was less than a year removed from his injury, Wirth assembled a team consisting of himself, a college friend who is a competitive cyclist, and another friend from the Navy SEALs who will performing the swimming leg of the race.
Wirth is continuing his recovery and will be running with an arm brace. His recovery is continuing and in the future he hopes to compete in all three legs of the triathlon.
If you would like to support the Navy SEAL Foundation, Wirth has set up a fundraising page through Crowdrise. The page can be found by clicking here.