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From 11 January 2004 Issue

The Ultimate Challenge In Defense of Animals

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 protection/advocacy organizations.

To find out more about The Ultimate Challenge In Defense of Animals you can visit Eric Harr’s website at, and

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 - April 25
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 -
September 28
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
[email protected]
(415) 388-9641 ex. 222

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