Nate Jolls(pictured) is our second RDS Runner competing in an Ironman event (Jonathan Keller competed in the Wisconsin Ironman 2013.) An Ironman is a 2.2 mile swim, a 112 mile bike race and a marathon, right, a 26.2 mile run!
Nate was introduced to Research Down Syndrome by RDS Runner and fellow Air Force pilot, Charlie Schoen. Together, these AF Captains stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane had been training for the Coeur d’ Alene Ironman being held in Idaho this Sunday. They planned to fundraise for RDS.
In May, Charlie was unexpectedly deployed to Qatar and Afghanistan, so he was not available to compete. Nevertheless, Captain Jolls, a 2010 USAF Academy grad and UH-1 Huey pilot from Gowanda, NY, continued preparing for the Ironman without his training partner and, most generously, he continued his commitment to raise money for the important studies that Research Down Syndrome is supporting, research that will lead to the development of drug treatments to improve memory and learning in persons with Down syndrome.
Please consider a donation in recognition of the service of Captains Schoen and Jolls, and in gratitude for Captain Jolls’ remarkable effort and generosity in Idaho this Sunday, supporting the Down syndrome community.
You can make your donation here: https://www.crowdrise.com/RDSRunnersIronman.