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Girls on the Run names Ironman contest winner

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoma resident Brad Altman was selected to represent Girls on the Run — Sierras as the Ironman Lake Tahoe SoleMates contest winner.

Altman is vice president of engineering at Sagan Design Group in Tahoe City. He teaches math at Squaw Valley Preparatory Academy, tutors local math students in the evenings, serves on the advisory council for the Adventure Risk Challenge program, and volunteers on the Chris Park Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports local student athletes.

Altman supplements swimming in Lake Tahoe, 100-mile bike rides over mountain passes, and trail runs on the Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trails with physical training as a volunteer firefighter with Meeks Bay Fire.

This man serves as a positive role model for not only the 250 girls in Girls on the Run program, but the entire community.

An excerpt from his winning essay is below:

“The girls who have a positive experience with sports are self-confident and do better academically. Girls on the Run gives underprivileged girls the opportunity to enter the sports world. Through GOTR, it is my hope that these girls develop self-confidence and healthy lifestyle that will translate to success throughout their lives.”

Brad reached his goal of completing the 140.6 mile endurance event in 14 hours — inspiring all of us to be joyful, healthy, and confident.


Girls on the Run — Sierras is hosting a contest for a race entry in the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe. Contest winner agrees to register for SoleMates, the adult charity running program for Girls on the Run, and raise a minimum of $2,500 for GOTR-S on or within 30 days of completing the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe. For official rules and to enter visit, www.girlsontherunsierras.org/contest.


Girls on the Run is a youth development program that instills self-esteem in girls through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training. Utilizing a fun, experience-based curriculum, the program creatively integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Sessions are led by trained volunteer coaches who serve as positive adult female role models. The after-school program meets twice a week for 10 weeks and culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K. Girls on the Run — Sierras anticipates 250 program participants this year: 125 in the Reno Fall season and 125 in the Tahoe spring season.

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