ironman by jesse spooner

Jesse training for the Ironman (July 28th, 2019) to empower himself and others.

Jesse training for the Ironman (July 28th, 2019) to empower himself and others.

Her International works to empower girls and women through educational scholarships and microfinance groups.

Her International works to empower girls and women through educational scholarships and microfinance groups.

In 2016, Jesse met Kevin + Dinesh, pictured above.

In 2016, Jesse met Kevin + Dinesh, pictured above.

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Hi all,

I am a medical student at the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program graduating in 2020. Between my first and second year of medical school, I went to Nepal with a group of classmates to conduct a small study/needs assessment for a small rural community in Nepal. Through doing this I met Kevin Edgecombe and Dinesh Sapkota, both major players in the non-profit, Her International

Witnessing the impact of this organization on the lives of so many in rural Nepal left a lasting impact on me, but I was never too sure how I could help in any “big” way.

Witnessing the impact of this organization on the lives of so many in rural Nepal left a lasting impact on me, but was never too sure how I could really help in any “big” way.

That being said, I recently got a burst of crazy or had an extra strong cup of espresso which lead me to sign up for the Ironman Canada race in Whistler, July 28th, 2019. I have been training for this since January 2019, through the B78 coaching service (shoutout to Jasper Blake, my coach!), and they have been awesome setting up my training schedule around a hectic medical school curriculum. In preparation for the “big one”, I have ran the BMO Marathon in Vancouver, and I have the Victoria 70.3 half ironman coming up, which should give me some insight into just how much of a bad idea signing up for this event might have been! Ha!

Now this endeavour of completing an Ironman is somewhat a selfish one. Always about improving oneself and getting better split times, and improving performance, I felt like I could do something bigger with this race than just cross the finish line (fingers crossed!). It was an easy decision to pick Her International as a non-profit organization to raise money towards, given their pursuit of providing education to young Nepali females and financial aid to Nepali women to aid their business pursuits.

All in all, I am running an Ironman! I hope to raise (at minimum) $5/km.
This is a 3.8km swim + 180 km bike + 42.2 km run = $1,130.00.

please consider Donating. Thank you!

Who is Her International?

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