Ironheart Racing Team

Racing for our lives

Ironheart Racing started out as a mission to complete Ironman after undergoing open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve in 2005. The goal was to teach my children that no matter the circumstances, no matter what others may say,

"If you believe in yourself, work hard and stay focused, you can accomplish amazing things."

The Ironheart Team wants you! Join now, proudly wear our orange and get active! Just getting started with exercise? Great! Looking for a podium spot? Great! Whether you hope to finish in front or just hope to make it to the starting line, we are the team for you.

Team members receive discounts on merchandise from our sponsors and partners, support from other team members around the globe, and programs and incentives that top all others! Along the way, you'll help us inspire others to get moving and be heart healthy, provide care and service for those in need.

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Ironheart Racing is what you make of it.

We're a virtual team. We rely on you, our members, to share your stories and successes. FIND members with common interests, or local training partners. READ about the latest happenings on Facebook or Twitter, and ADD your own. Visit HEART: Flatline to Finish Line on Facebook. Start a fundraising page with Kickstart Your Heart and race for free!

The more you connect, the greater the rewards!

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  • Northeast Region: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
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  • Pacific Northwest: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
  • US Pacific Region: Alaska, Hawaii
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Featured Stories

Thomas Kliesspiess, Vienna, Austria

Thomas Kliesspiess I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. When I grew up, my doctor told me that I was not allowed to do school gymnastics or play football on a team. Fast forward to 2009. I ran my 1st marathon in Vienna. I became hooked. More

Heather Varco: Corvallis, OR

Heather Varco I am a two-time congenital heart defect surgery survivor. I understand the importance of early detection. My own second defect went unnoticed for 17 years, even with routine visits to a cardiologist. More

John Kolker: Jackson, New Jersey

John Kolker On 12/11/2011, at the age of 49, John Kolker had a symptomless myocardial infarction (heart attack) which caused a sudden cardiac arrest and sudden death. More

Lucy Stun: Kansas City, KS

Lucy Stun "Of all the heart diseases you could have, this is the 'best' one," said my cardiologist. I had just been officially diagnosed with aortic stenosis secondary to bicuspid valves... More

Steve Elliot: Avery, CA

Steve Elliot My time was 1:24. I don't know the seconds because the surgeon didn't note the time my heart was stopped in that much detail.

It was June 28, 2011.More

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