Most people around the Clayton State University campus know Brett Reichert (Thomasville, Ga.) as associate director of the International Student Services Office (ISSO). Given the growing number of international students at Clayton State, that’s not surprising.
However, Reichert has another persona… he’s an Ironman.
On Sept. 30, 2012, in Augusta, Ga., Reichert completed a feat beyond the ken of ordinary mortals – a 70.3 Ironman (also known as a Half- Ironman) triathlon. Competing along with 3355 other participants (yes, there were 3356 people in this 70+ race), Reichert completed the continuous 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run (that’s a half marathon by itself) in 6 hours and 11 minutes, burning something like 5000 to 6000 calories. (Note: the time on the clock in the enclosed photo refers to the overall time since the starting gun. The race, like the Peachtree Road Race, was started in waves.)
Reichert reports that he trained for five months for the event, and that support for his participation was provided through “Team in Training,” (TNT) which benefits the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“In addition to completing the event, I raised $5554 as part of our team total of $158,000,” he says of his accomplishment. “To date, TnT has provided more than $1.3 billion for research, better treatments, patient support and one day, cures for blood cancers.
“Along the course that day, I wore a wrist band with names of honored cancer victims, including those provided by Clayton State University employees.”
Reichert is a native of Thomasville, Ga., and a graduate of the class of 1986 at Thomasville High School.