People from all over Northern Michigan and beyond are preparing for the Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt this weekend. Several local charities using the race as a fundraiser are also preparing for the big event.
In honor of the Ironman coming to Frankfurt, five charities from northern Michigan have been selected by Traverse City Tourism for a “Charity Challenge”. One of them is Single MOMM, based in Traverse City. It is a nonprofit that seeks to support single mothers in Northern Michigan.
“It was really extraordinary that someone saw what we were doing and really wanted to cheer us on and believe in us,” said Chelsea Boeve, community advancement director for Single MOMM.
Boeve also said it’s a really big deal that Ironman came to Frankfurt this year.
Single MOMM by Patrick McIntyre, born and raised in Traverse City. He is deeply involved in the community and loves what their organization does for single mothers in Northern Michigan. McIntyre also played a huge role in bringing Ironman to Frankfurt.
“I think if we look at an Ironman and what it’s known for, I think single motherhood is just an example of that,” Boeve said. “An Ironman competition and training is hard work and being a single mom is really hard work.”
The organization is committed to raising $ 70,000 associated with the 70.3 mile race. At the moment you are halfway there.
“We are raising money to make sure we can reach the families in great need,” she said. “This also includes purchasing a mobile office and making sure that we have someone on site. We’re looking for a local director in Benzie County. ”