Inspiring others to do the same as Sarah crosses the finish line, it’s not just for her. It’s also for the little girls with disabilities like hers. USA Today talked with Sarah after her race in the Hawaii Ironman Kona race.
The Ironman World Championship is a cruel, uncompromising and unyielding examination of body and mind.
Don’t even ask about any concessions, however young, old, injured, or bone-weary you are. Or, in the case of Sarah Reinertsen, you’re trying to complete the whole darned, miserable thing, all 140 miles of it, as an amputee with a prosthetic leg.
After successfully finishing the World Ironman at Kona for the second time, Sarah takes time to mentor young athletic aspirant Morgan Pixley, 5 who also has one prosthetic leg.
She offered up a batch of tropical flowers as a sacrifice to Madam Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes and the mythical creator of the Hawaiian Islands.
She laid the hibiscus blooms on the lava rocks along Alii Drive in Kona, near the finish line of the Ironman Triathlon.
Please, she implored to Pele, let this race happen without any elemental influences. Sarah Reinertsen didn’t need any more obstacles. In the 40-year history of the Ironman – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run – only two physically challenged women had ever finished the race.
Sarah was a recent guest on the show Sports Illustrated Now, interviewed by Rob Lundberg. She talks about who originally inspired her to attempt an Ironman despite not knowing how to swim or ride a bike at the time. She talks about how we are adaptable as human beings and how prosthetic advances have helped her achieve her goals. She discussed her latest race achievement of completing the Kona Ironman for the second time even faster than the first finish time. She raced this time with more inspiration as her journey was all about raising funds for the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation (CAF). CAF is an organization that provides mentoring, opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
If you would like to give and help Sarah in her effort to support Challenged Athletes around the world.