Connor’s Run, Your Way Any Day 2020: The Connor Man
The average temperature in Port Phillip Bay in October is a chilly 13 degrees. But that didn’t stop a dedicated group of friends from entering the water at Sandringham before dawn to raise money for brain cancer.
Taking inspiration from the IronMan/Woman event, the Connor Man triathlon was the brainchild of Connor’s old schoolmates and friends, Matt Delaney, Henry Mulholland, Jess Lindstrom, Will Richards, Dylan Verney, Hayden Johnson and Patch Clapp to support Connor’s Run Your Way Any Day.
The Connor Man event features the 18.8km run (one of the traditional Connor’s Run distances, the other 9.6km) – however it is spearheaded by a 1800m swim, and 180km bike ride.
Patch Clapp completed his Connor Man in Darwin in September, in very different conditions (it was sweltering hot) with an enthusiastic support crew by his side the entire way. No stranger to doing Connor’s Run from afar, over the years Patch has made an extraordinary effort to involve the local community wherever he’s living (in both Townsville and Darwin) while honouring his mate, Connor.
The Melbourne Connor Man crew exited the water at around 7am and were off on their bikes soon after, before finishing up after 6pm that night in Hampton at the traditional Connor’s Run, start 1.
Connor’s mom, RCD Foundation CEO & Founder, Liz was on hand to cheer on the group, along with Connor’s dad Scott and sister, Hannah who popped by throughout the day to provide encouragement and refreshments.
You may have noticed the awesome jersey and knicks the squad is wearing, these are available to purchase via our online store here
The Connor Man team have raised over $17,000 and have finished up seventh in our Connor’s Run top teams leaderboard.
If you want to help make a difference for kids with brain cancer, you can donate here.