Kona Inspired – A Vote For Kelly is a Vote for Mari.

Kona Inspired – A Vote For Kelly is a Vote for Mari.

Apr 29
Kona Inspired – A Vote For Kelly is a Vote for Mari.

In late 2012, Team In Training’s Ironteam Los Angeles lost one of our own when our dear friend and fellow teammate/athlete Marisela Echeverria was tragically taken from us in a bike accident as she trained for Ironman Arizona.  I have yet to write about this unbelievably painful loss on this blog.  Sometimes the words are just hard to come by, and this is one of those things that I found just too difficult to write about.  

The pain remains however, so when my fellow teammate Kelly Miyahara set out to [hopefully] race at Kona in honor of our Mari by assembling a ‘Kona Inspired’ video, I knew that it was time to finally write about Mari.  Not with words, but with music.  It was not easy replaying the story and pictures over and over…..yet in some ways it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done as it would be the ultimate tribute to our beautiful Mari if Kelly was given the opportunity to race in her honor at Kona.  It would mean the world to so many…….her family, her friends, the triathlon/cycling community as a whole, and all of us that spent countless hours training, laughing, crying, and living with her.

I urge you to please take a second to watch Kelly’s video and vote for her.  A vote for Kelly is a vote for Mari, whose unforgettable smile continues to shine down on us from above:

 

Click to view: Kona Inspired – Kelly Miyahara