TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s a story that should sound familiar: A Wabash Valley man getting the word out about the importance of March of Dimes, one race at a time.
You’ve seen this man before here on News 10.
Jeff Winchester lives right here in the Wabash Valley and is training for five duathlons. That means it is a run-bike-run race for a total 72 miles.
He’s trying to raise funds and awareness for March of Dimes, what he calls “du-ing it for babies.”
And after training all year he’ll jump on his bike on Wednesday and ride across three different states – a total of 150-miles.
Then, he’ll do it all over again in two more states and by Saturday he’ll be competing in the 2014 Duathlon National Championship.
The best part is Jeff isn’t racing for himself but instead he’s riding to bring awareness to the March of Dimes.
Jeff said at the end of the day it’s not about how he does in the race, it’s that he did it!
“To me the race isn’t about finishing first or second and I could care less if I come in dead last my goal is to go up their finish what you start and who really cares where you finish your doing,” Jeff explained. “Something that is totally awesome to be able to say that you did and that you finished.”
Now, News 10 has followed Jeff throughout his training since the very beginning.
He’s chopped, tossed and pushed pedals hoping to raise $3,000, one dollar for every mile. So far, he’s raised $4,000 surpassing his goal!
Yet he’s still hoping to raise another $2,000.
He said he would have never made it if it wasn’t for his family and the backing he’s received from the community.
“The amount of support that I’ve gotten from friends and family and just complete random strangers that I’ve never met a day in my life that see you at a store or gas station and there like ‘you were the guy on TV doing this for a March of Dimes so that inspired them to do something that’s been the nice part,” Jeff stated.
The not so nice part? Lots of injuries.
But Jeff said no matter what he plans on pushing through and finishing what he started.
If you want to follow Jeff’s progress, visit the Facebook page!