Monday, September 1, 2014

Rev3Maine: Part 1

Endless Pools & the Ice Bucket Challenge at Maine’s REV3 Triathlon

REV3, the family-friendly triathlon series, rolled through Old Orchard Beach, Maine,
this past weekend. In addition to the usual events – including the always-popular
Endless Pool demo swims – the weekend featured particularly spirited tributes to
the continued fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Triathlete Jen Small does the "Blazeman Roll" across the finish line at the REV3 Triathlon in Old Orchard Beach, ME, August 24, 2014.
Team REV3 triathlete Jen Small did the ‘Blazeman Roll’ at this weekend’s event. 
The lively finish-line crossing is named for Jon ‘Blazeman’ Blais, who was 
diagnosed with ALS before he’d fulfilled his dream of completing the IRONMAN™ 
World Championship in Kona. He vowed, “Even if I have to be rolled across the
 finish line, I'm finishing.” Miraculously, he did just that, ‘log-rolling’ across the
 finish line in 2005 to become the first person diagnosed with ALS to complete 
the grueling course. Since his passing in 2007, triathletes continue to do the 
“Blazeman Roll” in his honor. At this weekend’s REV3 triathlon, the memory
of his fire and determination was alive and well.

Announcer Sean English takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the REV3 Triathlon in Old Orchard Beach, ME, August 2014.
REV3 announcer Sean English opted for the super-dunk version of the ALS
 Ice Bucket Challenge. As the voice of the REV3 triathlon series, which hits
 12 U.S. cities this season, Sean is known for his high-spirited encouragement 
of all attendees. Here, he’s feeling the chill to raise money and awareness for 
ALS, the progressive neurodegenerative disease that frequently leads to total
 paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. As of this Tuesday, 
Ice Bucket donations to the ALS Association reached $88.5 million, a 3,400%
 increase over the $2.6 million they’d received for the same period last year.

“Ma, this is awesome! I gotta get one of these.” This little girl gave the happiest 
Endless Pool recommendation of the weekend. As a proud sponsor of the 2014 
REV3 series, Endless Pools was on hand this weekend with our Commercial
 Performance Pool. Triathletes love our smooth, adjustable swim current for 
being an ideal, at-home trainer for open-water conditions; kids love Endless 
Pools because they’re fun and not too deep. This girl’s mom, Barbra, kindly
 shared this video with us and reports, “Her father and I will be looking to invest 
in one.”

In addition to attending most U.S. REV3 events this year, Endless Pools is also
raffling off an Endless Pools Fastlane® swim-current generator. With wall-
\and deck-mount options, the Fastlane turns any pool into an Endless Pool. 
You can enter to win online or atthe next REV3 event, at the Cedar Point
 amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, September 5th through 7th.

As with this past weekend’s Old Orchard Beach event on the beautiful Saco
Bay, you can expect another full weekend of family fun. In Ohio, Friday will
kick off with the nighttime Glow-in-the-Dark 5K and 1-mile Fun Run, followed
by a dance party. Saturday's highlights will include Youth and Sprint Revs,
plus the Little Rev Adventure Race for parent-kid teams, featuring fun obstacles
 and low pressure. Sunday's main events – the Full- and Half-Rev Triathlons, with
Aquabike options for both – will be followed with a family picnic. All are welcome.

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