This week’s spotlight is on triathlete Hector Picard, who has truly gone the distance on and off the course. Despite tremendous personal adversity, he continues to help others in need.
This past week, he participated in the Cycling Toy Drive to Pahokee, which brought toys to more than 150 kids. In addition to participating in the Dolphins Cycling challenge, Miami Man Half Iron and a number of other tests of endurance, he has been on a of mission of charity and inspiration.
And he has done all of this as a double-arm amputee.
Among one of his biggest feats this year was cycling cross-country in a trip that took him from Miami to Spokane, Wash., to raise money for Hands for Baby Jameson Davis.
Picard cycled 36 days and approximately 3,100 miles on his journey that started June 8 and ended July 13. The charitable journey was done to raise money for prosthetic arms for a baby born without any.
Although his fund-raising trip his been completed, he hasn’t reached his goal of $32,000, despite earning more than $20,000 already.
He released a video on YouTube.com — “Changing a Flat Without Hands” — showing how he overcomes changing a bike tire with no hands to help contribute to the overall goal.
With the new year approaching, he already is planning to help another cause. He will attempt to swim five miles, cycle 200 and run another 50 in 36 hours to raise money for the Broward Chidren’s Center. The event is Tri for BCCKids and will be held May 3-4.
The nonprofit has helped to provide education, medical and living services for those with special health care needs in Broward County for 40 years.
Picard also plans on competing in the Bone Island Triathlon in Key West on Jan. 25.
If you are interested helping Picard continue his charitable missions, you can find more information at www.dontstopliving.org.
The Orange Bowl Paddling Championship, powered by Jimmy Lewis, is the largest stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, event on the East Coast.
The event is officially a part of the World Paddle Association and will take place in Miami on Jan. 12. The competitors will include amateur paddleboarders, including more than 100 Big Brothers and Big Sisters with their children and professionals.
The participants will have to navigate a course that will start in Biscayne Bay and run up the Miami River against the backdrop of downtown Miami’s skyline. Paddlers will compete for the largest prize purse on the East Coast while supporting a good cause — positive adult mentor relationships for at-risk children.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
For more information, visit www.orangebowlpaddle.com.