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Every Minute Counts

Over the past couple of months, Bahram, the kids and I have spent a lot of time in Colorado, which has allowed us to get in some great hikes and mountain bike rides  and has allowed Bahram to put in some serious training for his upcoming mountain bike race.

On Saturday, August 10th, Bahram is participating in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. This will be the 10th year Bahram has participated and once again, he is racing on behalf of the Life Time Foundation – a non-profit organization committed to helping school districts nationwide eliminate all of the bad food and serve only healthy meals to children.

Bahram Emily Akradi Leadville 100 MTB

This famously intense race is 100 miles, starting and finishing in downtown Leadville, Colorado (which is at an elevation of 10,200 ft). Throughout the course of the race, there are a few major climbs, include a 3,000 foot ascent between miles 40-50. Total elevation gain is somewhere around 11,000 feet. For those of you who bike or run endurance events, you can appreciate the challenge these numbers present. For those who aren’t familiar with elevation gain or training at altitude, I’ll put it this way – this race is TOUGH.

To prepare for the race, starting in May, Bahram carves time out of his busy schedule and starts to focus on intense bike training. As a family, we spend weekends in Colorado, where Bahram can train at high-altitude and on Monday, Bahram is back in the office, focused on running Life Time. Bahram modifies his diet during training by reducing his carb intake, which allows his body to be more lean – giving him an edge on race day.

I’m ready, I’m feeling strong and I’m looking forward to August 10th to race for a good cause. I’m going to earn that 10th year large belt buckle and then take a break from this race until my son wants to do it. Then I’ll race with him.”

-Bahram Akradi

Bahram’s commitment, focus, dedication and ability to juggle his family, his fitness goals and his work never cease to inspire me. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Bahram says “I’m ready, I’m feeling strong and I’m looking forward to August 10th to race for a good cause. I’m going to earn that 10th year large belt buckle and then take a break from this race until my son wants to do it. Then I’ll race with him.”

This year, as in previous years, Bahram will be racing to beat the 12 hour cut off of the Leadville race. Upon completion of this race, he will be making a donation to Life Time Foundation For every minute under twelve hours, Bahram will personally donate $1,000. So, for example, if he finishes the race in 11 hours, he’ll donate $60,000.

This is a cause both Bahram and I are very passionate about and would love to have your support. To make an even bigger impact and help us provide healthier school lunches to even more kids, please consider joining the cause by pledging a donation, and together we can help children live healthy, happy lives.

Finishers of the race earn a belt buckle. A special belt buckle is awarded to those who have raced and finished 10 times. Bahram is excited to earn his 10th race buckle!

100% of all proceeds raised will go directly to the mission we serve because Life Time Inc. covers all Life Time Foundation administrative expenses.

Image Source: Rodeo Labs and Jeff Cotner

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    Denise Amundson

    Please wish Bahram luck for me. can’t wait to hear the update on how he crushes this race!!
    Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring blog. you are an amazing woman!!

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