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7/3/19 — Dan Buron Competing in Iron Man 70.3 Triathlon to raise money for Food Rescue


We are SO excited to announce that our very own Dan Buron (Executive Director) Goodwill Northern Michigan​ will be competing in the Iron Man 70.3 Traverse City Triathlon on August 25, 2019! He is doing this to help raise money for Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan​, a program of Goodwill, and to challenge himself personally. Goodwill was one of five local organizations that will be represented in the pool of 2,400 athletes. Food Rescue picks up an average of 6,500 pounds of nutritious food and delivers it same day and free of charge to area pantries and meal sites in the five-county area. Food Rescue has rescued more than 11 million pounds in ten years.

How can you help Food Rescue keep the trucks on the road helping to feed our neighbors in need? You can pledge $70.30 towards Dan completing the triathlon here!

For each person that donates $70.30, you will be invited to a special viewing party with food and drinks at an exclusive location to see the race up close and personal….more exciting details to follow!

Learn more about Dan Buron our Executive Director and why he is competing in the Iron Man 70.3 Triathlon Charity Challenge….


TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: On August 25th, 2019, five local organizations will be represented in the pool of 2,400 athletes competing in the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City. These five charities will campaign for pledged dollars in completing the triathlon, with all pledged dollars going directly back to the associated charity. Called the Traverse City Triathlon Charity Challenge, the 2019 participants include Munson Manor Hospitality House, Food Rescue, a Goodwill of Northern Michigan program, The Father Fred Foundation, The Great Lakes Children’s Museum and TART Trails. This week Traverse City Tourism highlights Dan Buron, the athlete representing Food Rescue.

TCT: What’s your connection to Food Rescue?

DB: I have worked for Goodwill organizations for the past 20 years and Northern Michigan for the past 3 years. Our Mission of empowerment has always resonated with me. We are about helping people who are marginalized in our community achieve their full potential. Achieving one’s full potential starts with having our basic needs met. Here in Northern Michigan we have an innovative Food Rescue initiative that takes good food from farmers, grocery stores and bakeries that would otherwise be thrown out and delivers it to food pantries all over Northern Michigan. We deliver to 5 counties and last year alone we provided over 1.5 million pounds of food to local food pantries and food prep sites.

The mission is a powerful one for me because I know firsthand the importance of putting good healthy food in our bodies. This hit home when we discovered that my daughter has a soy allergy. While soy in and of itself is healthful, it is not good for her. Prior to this discovery, we saw her mood, energy and overall well being affected by what she ate. Likewise, people who do not have access to healthy food are impacted these same ways. Additionally, we know that a poor diet is a main cause of type II diabetes and other chronic illness.
Food is essential to life and what we eat matters. This is one of the reasons I do what I do and why I want to help raise awareness and support for Food Rescue.

TCT: Any experience training for triathlons?

DB: I am a part-time runner and participate in 5 and 10K races annually. I also play a little pickleball/racquetball and recreational biking with my two daughters and wife. I must admit this is a huge step up for me in terms of physical activity and focus. However, I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon and when the opportunity presented itself coupled with the opportunity to bring awareness and raise funds for Goodwill’s Food Rescue, I signed up.

TCT: What do you anticipate being the most difficult part of training/competing?

DB: It is a huge learning curve physically, mentally, and technically. Initially the hardest part was figuring out a plan to get from where I am now and where I need to be by August 25th. It was humbling, as there was so much I didn’t know. I had to ask for help and rely on others to help me figure it out. I borrowed a triathlon training schedule from a neighbor participating in the race and am borrowing a road bike from a generous neighbor not only for race-day but for training as well. This same neighbor is a biking enthusiast and is giving me free coaching/training. Other sources of help are working with Traverse City Track Club on running and connecting with Tri-fitness on open swim conditioning and training. I have gotten advice and suggestions from many others on how to hydrate and get nutrients during the race, how to use bike clips, how to track while swimming open water (hippopotamus eyes!), how to put on a wetsuit (pull from the inside), and racing strategies. Humbling experience and appreciative of the incredible support from the community!

TCT: What were your first thoughts when approached about competing as an IRONMAN athlete?

DB: I have always wanted to do it ever since I lived in Hawaii, the birthplace of the race. It intrigued me, but I found the prospect of doing it intimidating. I didn’t know where to start. When Traverse City Tourism came up with the idea to support local charities through the event, I thought this is the time to do it!
TCT: When you’re not training, what would one find you doing in Traverse City?
DB: My work at Goodwill is important to me. I am very fortunate to have a job I love and to be part of a fantastic team that truly cares about making a difference in the community every day. My co-workers have been very supportive after getting over the surprise that I am doing it! I also love spending time with my family. We walk and bike everywhere. We use the TART Trail which is an amazing asset for the community and we enjoy participating with Norte biking organization. We walk to the library, the movies at the State or Bijou, and we always enjoy a walk to Leone’s and Oryana. The family indulges me in my love of hiking as much as possible and we get in a few camping trips a summer.

Suppoort Dan Buron and Food Rescue by donating here!

No one should ever have to choose between paying a utility bill and eating healthy food. In the five-county area, Food Rescue picks up an average of 6,500 pounds of nutritious food and delivers it same day and free of charge to area pantries and meal sites. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, food waste and hunger are simultaneously reduced for a win-win! Food Rescue has rescued more than 10 million pounds in ten years, while providing nutrient dense food to thousands of visitors to area pantries each year.