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John Herzog trains youth triathletes raising money for Foodbank

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June 13, 2014 by Christina Markos 0 Comments

john-and-jake2_triathleteVolunteer of the Month John Herzog with Kids4Foodbank team-founder Jacob Mansbach.
Thanks to volunteer coach John Herzog, the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team will be well-prepared for this summer’s Santa Barbara Triathlon.

The youth triathlon team is getting training tips from the Ironman athlete to help with their effort of raising money for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Herzog, a member of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club,   fully supports the team’s efforts. He is someone who truly believes and knows from his experience that people really can accomplish any goal they set for themselves. He believes that the minute one decides to replace the “I can’t” with “I can”, it truly changes one’s life and can become a catalyst on the path to empowerment, realizing one’s true capabilities and finding their inner drive and confidence.

Herzog initially became involved in triathlons when he was working at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club as Director of Sales. Being a sponsor of the Santa Barbara Triathlon, the club received five free entries, and Herzog was challenged to compete.

There was only one problem — he didn’t know how to swim one length in a pool without having to rest. He decided to replace “I can’t” with “I can”.

While running track in high school, Herzog was a sprinter and never thought he could be an endurance athlete. But he began to take swim lessons at the athletic club, he borrowed a bike from a friend and tackled the challenges that had always prevented him from endurance athletics. He had bad lower leg pain and decided to discuss it with a trainer at the club. The trainer made one minor tweak and it changed everything. He was able to continue training and completed the race. After completing the race, Herzog was fired up and hooked.

“What an amazing experience, so many new things opened up for me,” he remembers.

Herzog immediately signed up and began training for the next local race, the Carpinteria Triathlon. He then went on to complete several Olympic distance races and three half-Ironman races before deciding to compete in first Ironman. His first Ironman was in Tempe, Arizona and he did so well he decided to do another Ironman in Canada.

Some of his favorite parts of training were: honoring his commitment to his word, the transformative nature of the sport, and the number of beautiful sunrises he witnessed on those days that he started his bike rides and runs in the dark hours of the morning.

“When training and waking up so early, you are tired. Your body is tired, and the drive is intermittent and fluctuates. Nine times out of ten, it comes down to the commitment to honor your word. When you commit to something it is a sacred moment. You don’t know how you are going to get there and transform along the way.” He relates, “They say a rising tide raises all boats. One great thing about the structure and the integrity of training, is how it affects the other areas of your life. It’s amazing what happens when you ‘just do it’.”

With his background and training knowledge, he is very excited and honored to be the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coach. Herzog was competing in the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint event in 2011 when he met Jacob for the first time. Jacob and his father, Mike Mansbach were participating in the parent-child event of the Santa Barbara Triathlon. Herzog, who worked with the elder Mansbach, overheard Jacob and his dad chatting about Jacob wanting to finish the triathlon and then play in the sand. He was struck by Jacob’s energy and spirit. Jacob has gone on to compete in 10 triathlons to date and in many of them, Herzog has been there to cheer Jacob on after finishing his own event.

In 2012, the Santa Barbara Triathlon partnered with the Foodbank as a fundraising beneficiary. Jacob and his family had volunteered at the Foodbank warehouse and Jacob began to understand the impact he could make by giving to people in his community. Jacob raised over $4,600 for the Foodbank that first year, and last year he and a friend raised almost $13,000. Jacob has created a team of kids this year with the shared goals of completing the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint course and raising $25,000 to support the Foodbank in providing nourishment and nutrition education resources for a network of over 330 local non-profit partners.

When Herzog found out Jacob’s next endeavor was to raise money for charity while encouraging others to get involved in triathlons he wasn’t surprised, “Being for other people, not just yourself, is a key value in the Mansbach family.”

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Triathlete and team founder Jacob Mansbach.

This year, with the help of Herzog, the team will grow and inspire other families to get involved.

“John is an awesome person,” said Jacob. “He is fun and inspiring and knows everything about this sport!”

Herzog will be mentoring the kids on all things Triathlon: Equipment, Health & Nutrition, Preparation, Training and Guidance.

“The goal is to have people prepared and confident. Some people love to run, some love to bike, some love to swim, not everyone feels confident doing all three, and everyone has a different end goal,” Herzog explains. “We will talk about transitions, from swim-to-bike, bike-to-run, the finish line photo moment, and the larger perspective of really taking it all in, being present in the moments that matter.”

This is a great experience for kids, they get to set a goal, challenge themselves, learn to train,  all while promoting and fundraising for a wonderful cause. Herzog recounts, “Whatever you choose to put into practice, having your work win over your circumstances, the more confident and empowered you begin to feel.”

The Ironman slogan rings true, “Anything is possible.”


 Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team

This month Presidio Sports is honoring John Herzog
and his work with Jacob Mansbach and the Kids4Foodbank
Triathlon Team here in Santa Barbara. The Kids4Foodbank
Triathlon Team is looking for kids ages 7-18 to join the
team that will be competing the 2014 Santa Barbara
Triathlon sprint course. They will race to raise funds
to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
Herzog will be the team’s training coach.

Feeling inspired to join the team?

What you will need:

-Running shoes, bike, wetsuit (optional but a good idea)
-Positive energy to set and achieve your goal!
-They are more than happy to help you find gear to use.
-Contact Jennifer Mansbach at [email protected]

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Young triathletes looking for peers to join team, support good cause

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Monday, June 2, 2014 by PRESS RELEASE

Santa Barbara, CA, May 30, 2014 – Attention all parents!  Kids4Foodbank is looking for energetic kids between the ages of 7 and 18 to join our 2014 Triathlon Team. The team goals are to complete the sprint course of the Santa Barbara Triathlon on Sunday, August 24 and to raise funds to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to continue providing nourishment and nutrition education and provide resources for a network of over 330 local non-profit partners. The deadline to register for the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team is Friday, June 6.

“As a member of the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team, children will learn and grow in many ways,” said Jennifer Mansbach, Foodbank volunteer and Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator. “They will learn about the Foodbank and how it helps people and families, about how to volunteer their time to help others, about setting goals and working to meet them and about the power they possess to do something meaningful.”

The inspiration for the Kids4Foodbank team goes back to 2012 when then 8-year old Jacob Mansbach decided to try his first full triathlon, the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint course. Jacob linked his triathlon goal with a fundraising goal and he raised over $4,600 that summer for the Foodbank. Jacob’s triathlon fundraiser has grown each summer and this summer’s team will be a great experience for all involved.

“If you love swimming, biking and running and want to help the kids of Santa Barbara, come join me this summer and do something awesome,” said Jacob Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank founder.

Each team member will be asked to agree to a few simple commitments:

1.) Fundraise for the Foodbank
2) Train for the Triathlon at your own pace
3) Have fun together doing something truly amazing!

There will be two team meetings, one in June and one in August. Team members will benefit from the guidance of John Herzog, a Santa Barbara based Ironman Triathlete and member of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club, who has volunteered to mentor the kids on all things triathlon: equipment, health and nutrition, preparation and training guidance. “The triathlon community is an incredibly supportive one and I love to see kids finding the joy of the sport,” said Herzog. “Jacob is an inspiration to us all and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group.”

Interested families or sponsors may contact Jennifer Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator at [email protected]

 

Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Call for Participants

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Young Supporters invited to take on Santa Barbara Triathlon, Sunday, August 24 to raise funds for Foodbank

Attention all parents! Kids4Foodbank is looking for energetic kids between the ages of 7 and 18 to join our 2014 Triathlon Team. The team goals are to complete the sprint course of the Santa Barbara Triathlon on Sunday, August 24 and to raise funds to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to continue providing nourishment and nutrition education and provide resources for a network of over 330 local non-profit partners. The deadline to register for the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team is Friday, June 6.

“As a member of the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team, children will learn and grow in many ways,” said Jennifer Mansbach, Foodbank volunteer and Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator. “They will learn about the Foodbank and how it helps people and families, about how to volunteer their time to help others, about setting goals and working to meet them and about the power they possess to do something meaningful.”

Jacob_FoodbankThe inspiration for the Kids4Foodbank team goes back to 2012 when then 8-year old Jacob Mansbach decided to try his first full triathlon, the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint course. Jacob linked his triathlon goal with a fundraising goal and he raised over $4,600 that summer for the Foodbank. Jacob’s triathlon fundraiser has grown each summer and this summer’s team will be a great experience for all involved. “If you love swimming, biking and running and want to help the kids of Santa Barbara, come join me this summer and do something awesome,” said Jacob Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank founder.

Each team member will be asked to agree to a few simple commitments:

1) Fundraise for the Foodbank
2) Train for the Triathlon at your own pace
3) Have fun together doing something truly amazing!

There will be two team meetings, one in June and one in August. Team members will benefit from the guidance of John Herzog, a Santa Barbara based Ironman Triathlete and member of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club, who has volunteered to mentor the kids on all things triathlon: equipment, health and nutrition, preparation and training guidance. “The triathlon community is an incredibly supportive one and I love to see kids finding the joy of the sport,” said Herzog. “Jacob is an inspiration to us all and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group.”

This team has the full support of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. We will have a donation page on the Foodbank website and all donations will be made to the Foodbank directly either by check or online.

Interested families or sponsors may contact Jennifer Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator at[email protected].

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 330 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visitwww.foodbanksbc.org.