On July 24, Cindy Botticello, a sixth grade math teacher at McGee Middle School, completed the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon in New York. The event consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. “The Ironman was absolutely incredible. By far the most amazing endurance event I’ve ever done,” Botticello told The Citizen. “I battled some serious foot pain from mile 60 on the bike through the finish, but I was still able to complete it in 14 hours, 33 minutes. I’m actually headed to my foot doctor today to start treatment, but don’t care. It was totally worth it.”
Botticello also spoke with The Citizen leading up to the rugged, 140-mile event. “It’s a huge commitment, I’m giving up my free time,” she said, pointing out that she was training seven days a week.
Botticello’s coach Kelli Montgomery said her pupil is “not easily discouraged and she doesn’t give up. Not every athlete is like that.”
Botticello used her Ironman journey to raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. She joined Team For Cures after hearing about the foundation’s efforts to fund research of the blood cancer. “I’m a firm believer in giving back,” Botticello said.