Brandt Stiggins, Benefits Advisor, at Risk International competed in the IRONMAN World Championship on October 8, 2016 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Just being able to compete is not an easy feat. Brandt gained entry in the championship race by having excellent finishing times at two qualifying IRONMAN triathlon events. The triathlon is composed of a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride through Hawaii’s mountainous, windy roads and then a 26.2-mile marathon in the hot and humid climate. A total of 140.6 miles covered in the one-day event.
Brandt was excited that race day had finally arrived. He was off to a good start and completed the swim with a time of 1 hour and 14 minutes. After a smooth transition to the bike portion of the race, Brandt began to improve his overall rank in the race. Navigating the treacherous terrain was difficult and Brandt had a mishap on the bike and crashed as a gust of wind blew him over. Despite the fall, he still completed the bike with a time of 5 hours and 40 minutes, improving his overall rank by over 400 spots. Before moving on to the run, Brandt was examined by medical staff for 30 minutes to be cleared to continue on. Brandt refused stiches for an injury because receiving them would have disqualified him. When receiving news of Brandt’s injury, Eric Krieg President of Risk International Benefits Advisors, said “If anybody can handle the adversity it will be Brandt.” And that he did. Brandt finished the marathon portion of the race with a time of four hours and 12 minutes, finishing the overall race in 11 hours, 46 minutes and 50 seconds.
We are proud to have Brandt as a member of the Risk International family. Brandt is truly a remarkable man and an inspiration to many.
Congratulations on completing your first IRONMAN World Championship Triathlon!