Calling all athletes, couch potatoes, or weekend warriors! In Defense of
Animals is putting together an athletic team consisting of individuals
who want to support the image of strength and leadership in animal
advocacy. I invite you to join us in walking, running, biking, and
swimming events to show off your athletic prowess, have loads of fun,
and inspire others!
Why are we doing this? Because world-class, professional
athlete Eric Harr and In Defense of Animals have joined together to
promote animal compassion and bring exposure to the guardian effort.
Eric is embarking on an athletic endeavor titled The Ultimate Challenge
In Defense of Animals. Throughout 2004 he will travel the globe to
compete in ten, famous sporting events. Because of Eric’s compassion for
animals and generous nature, the funds raised will go to animal
To find out more about The Ultimate Challenge In Defense
of Animals you can visit Eric Harr’s website at
All you have to do is show up! You don’t have to be a
runner or even a walker, merely a cheerleader, willing to wear our Team
IDA shirt and show your pro-animal attitude.
There are a many ways you can join us in this effort:
1. Participate by running, walking or cheering in the
kickoff, San Francisco half-marathon or 5K on February 1st.
2. Participate and cheer at the growing list of
confirmed Ultimate Challenge events around the country, which are:
The San Francisco Home Depot Half Marathon, San
Francisco, CA - February1
Snelling Professional Half Cycling Classic, Snelling, CA - February 22
Menton Triathlon, Menton, France - March 23
London Marathon, London, England - April 18
Norba Napa Valley Dirt Classic Mountain Bike Race, Napa Valley, CA -
Dipsea Run, Mill Valley, CA - June 8
Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho - June 27
Xterra National Mountain Bike Triathlon Championships, Lake Tahoe, CA -
Alcatraz Invitational Swim, San Francisco, CA - October 4
Hawaii Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii - October 18
For detailed descriptions of these events see:
This list of up to twenty events will be continually
updated at the link above.
3. Run, bike, swim and cheer in your own, local events,
wearing your Team IDA apparel. Below is a list of links to events around
the country to choose from. Please contact us if you’d like to go to one
of them so that we can get you together with other Team IDA members in
your area and mail you your complimentary shirt.
We want so badly to see all of you out there,
representing Team IDA. Athletic prowess has nothing to do with what you
can give to this effort! If Eric feels our power and absolute dedication
to better the lives of our animal friends, how can he not succeed?
The difference between wanting something and getting
something is actually putting your body in the spot where it needs to
be. Because In Defense of Animals is the sole beneficiary of all the
money Eric will raise with his stellar athletic prowess, this is a
golden opportunity for us to multiply and harness our power. But we need
numbers…numbers of people who really care about animals to show their
faces and say so!
Sign-up now by going to
and look forward to donning the Team IDA complimentary t-shirt that
showcases your cause while you sweat, pump, train and cheer! Please
contact me if you have any questions about Team IDA membership.
Jessica M. Thomas
Team IDA Captain
Ultimate Challenge IDA Director
(415) 388-9641 ex. 222
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