Ithaca College Professor Among Elite Selected for Ultraman World Championships
ITHACA, NY — On November 26, when many Americans will either be sleeping off a turkey stupor or participating in the Black Friday sales dash, Adam Peruta will be in Hawaii at the starting line of the Ultraman World Championships — a grueling ultra-endurance triathlon.
Peruta, who is an assistant professor of strategic communication at Ithaca College, is one of only 36 elite endurance athletes from around the world invited to participate in the three-day event in which competitors swim 6.2 miles, bike 261.4 miles and run 52.4 miles. Founded in 1983, the championship is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.
Peruta says he is competing not only to test both his physical endurance and mental strength, but also to make a difference in other peoples’ lives. He is part of Team Endure to Cure, which is raising funds for a pediatric cancer survivorship study at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. The study will research methods of reducing the long-term effects of harsh cancer treatments on these young patients.
“Collectively, we are trying to raise $50,000,” said Peruta. “The donations will not only help us reach our goal, but will support the many children suffering from pediatric cancer on their lifelong journey to explore their limitations and achieve great things.”
Last August, Peruta finished 14th out of 39 participants in the Ultraman Canada competition. Only about 15 athletes have ever attempted to compete in both ultraman events in the same year.
“Competing at Ultraman Canada changed my life,” said Peruta. “It was the hardest challenge I have undertaken and I met some really great people who are now like family.”
For more information on Peruta’s attempt to complete the ultraman double and to donate to Team Endure to Cure, visit http://www.peruta.com/. To contact him, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (315) 243-1460.