A few years ago Ironband performed at Ironman 70.3 Kansas when four-time Ironman World Champion, Chrissie Wellington, won the race. That race led to a new song called “Chrissie Came to Kansas”.
In 2013 another Chrissy came to Kansas that has once again resulted in a new song. No stranger to witnessing life’s challenges, Chrissy Vasquez works as the executive director of the Indianapolis chapter of Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness. Unlike Chrissy Wellington, this Chrissy came to Kansas not in search of an Ironman 70.3 Champion title or even a top age-group finish; she simply wanted to do something that she was told she couldn’t do.
While she made the swim and the bike cutoffs at the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Kansas, Chrissy was unfortunately still on the course when the overall cutoff approached and an official took her chip and advised her to leave the course. Most people would have done just that; packed up and headed home. Chrissy, however, wasn’t about to give up on that finish line. Despite the lack of a chip, an official finish time or many volunteers or spectators left to speak of, she pushed through all the way to that (by that time, disassembled) finish line to the hearty cheers of few friends and remaining spectators and the always-gracious and inspiring race staff at Ironman 70.3 Kansas.
A few months later she stepped to the starting line of her biggest challenge yet; Ironman Arizona – a full 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running. Late into the night deja vu set in and once again Chrissy found herself face to face with a race official who took her chip and advised her to leave the course. You can guess what happened next – she kept going, and going, and going until she crossed that finish line – more than 18 hours after starting the race. Some of the same friends, fans, and Ironman staff were there to greet her at that finish line.
We know the feeling of such an unrequited effort; our guitarist wound up in the ER after his first attempt at a full Ironman. Like Chrissy, he’s never one to leave things unfinished, having returned to that same race a year later to officially cross that finish line and earn his first official Ironman finish. We’ve learned that Chrissy is once again registered for Ironman 70.3 Kansas and Ironman Arizona and we’re looking forward to seeing her cross that Kansas finish line in official fashion this year!
Not one to mince words or censor her language, her write-ups are both heartwarming and comical – check em’ out at sausageinawetsuit.blogspot.com.
Like the video and want the song for your iPod? Download the mp3, but we warn you – while the lyrics in the video were mildly scrubbed the mp3 stays true to how we imagine Chrissy would have been singing this on that run course in Kansas and Arizona!
Chrissy – this song is for you!