Brian Kuritzky is not a trained runner, swimmer, or biker. In fact, he doesn’t even own a bike. Yet, this past weekend he rode one for 112 miles, after swimming for 2.4 miles, and following it all up with a 26.2 mile run. That’s right, 140.6 miles…we’re talking ironman triathlon.
It all started just a few weeks ago when co-workers at Goldman Sachs, where Brian works as an analyst, bet he couldn’t complete the race without training and on short notice. A little Wall Street wager turned into something bigger when the current School of Ed student decided to set some rules: for every minute he finished the race over 16 hours, he would pay his coworkers $1 each out of his own pocket. On the other hand, for every minute he finished the race under 16 hours, they would donate $1 each, which would all go to breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization close to Brian’s heart. Brian, who lost his mother to the disease when he was 15, has been actively involved with the charity and sits on their young professional board.
On October 23, Brian swam, biked, and ran for the cure, finishing in 15 hours and 30 minutes, a full half hour under his goal, and even came in as a top five finisher in his age group.
With the help of his finishing time, as well as the generosity of more than 100 of his friends and co-workers, Brian hit the $100,000 fundraiser mark as of October 27.
“What I would like to emphasize is how my main goal is to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, grants, and early screenings,” Brian told The Pulse. “I truly want to help that mother, sister, daughter, or friend either detect breast cancer early, treat it while it is active, or help ensure a survivor keeps it in remission.”
You can bet your bottom dollar that you haven’t heard the last of Brian. But we wouldn’t…