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Swimming with cardiac athletesHow can I support the film?

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Proceeds contributed at this phase will help us complete the post production process including editing and finishing. Proceeds from the finished documentary will go to various charities that provide heart screening for children and adults with active lifestyles.

Our documentary will also inspire many to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Your contributions will help us to save lives!

Who is making this film?

Heart athletes and cardiac Ironman® athletes

The principals making this film are Brian Nunes (Editor), David Watkins (Creator & Director), Donald Bowman (Producer), Adam Knight (Director of Cinematography) and Ellen Charnley (Chief Financial Officer and Co-Producer).

Brian has won multiple awards as a director and his latest feature documentary (www.findyourwayfilm.com) has shown at over 10 film festivals in 2014 including the largest film and music event in the country and recently won best documentary at Desert Rocks Film Festival.

Adam has his own video production company and brings an enormous level of expertise to the camera work. For the team this is a project of passion as Dave, Ellen and Adam are all open-heart surgery patients (Donald is married to Ellen) and also cast members.

The passion for the project is driven by their desire to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects and also to inspire people to seize the moment and get active even if it just means running for the bus!

The team has been fortunate to have several deeply experienced advisors.

What is the Ironman® Triathlon?

An Ironman® Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. Most Ironman® events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race, where the Ironman® race starts at 7:00 AM, the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim is 2 hours 20 minutes, the bike cut off time is 5:30 PM, and all finishers must complete their marathon by midnight.
The name Ironman® Triathlon refers to both the original Ironman® triathlon and the annual Ironman® World Championship. Also called Ironman® Hawaii, the world championships of the event, held annually in Hawaii since 1978 (with an additional race in 1982), are now preceded by a series of qualifying events. Ironman® Triathlon became known for its grueling length, harsh race conditions, and television coverage.

Who is David Watkins?

Who Is Dave Watkins

Dave started his mission to complete Ironman® after undergoing open-heart surgery to replace his aortic valve in 2005. The goal was to teach his children that no matter the circumstances, no matter what others may say, “if you believe in yourself, work hard and stay focused, you can accomplish amazing things.”

Surgery was a 17 hour day which included two trips to the operating table. After the first attempt, his heart stopped functioning and was without a beat for 5 minutes. While Dave’s surgeon manually opened him up and began massaging his heart, he asked for Dave’s family to come in and say any “last words” before he was brought back to the operating room. “Fight, be strong… we love you,” was what his wife Kerri said.

He recovered, only to have a stroke a month later which left him temporarily without vision in his left eye. 6 months later, Dave ran a very slow half marathon. 7 months after that, he found himself at the starting line of Ironman® Coeur d’Alene. He was the last one to finish that day, but it took him over the 17 hour cutoff time.

In 2010, he set out to attempt finishing Ironman® in under 17 hours. This time, it was Ironman® Florida. The end game was the same, but the goal was different. “Finish what was started and teach others that, if you fall short of your goals, regroup, reassess, refocus and try again”.  Mission Accomplished. It took 15 hours, 5 minutes and 4 seconds.

Now, Dave has found athletes from across the country and globe. Many have gone through their own incredible cardiac issues/surgeries and use sport as a way to stay healthy and inspire others. Some have simply joined to help spread awareness of congenital heart disease and healthy heart living through exercise and competition. He founded the Ironheart Racing Team www.ironheartracing.com and has identified 7 others that will all be racing for their own personal reasons. For Dave, it’s his final Ironman® race. This time the message is simple, “Do what you love and do it with heart.”

Will the film support heart research?

Biking with cardiac triathletes
A percentage of all proceeds raised by this documentary will go towards charities that advance awareness for and provide heart screenings for active individuals.  We will also provide heart screenings for children and active individuals, and we are working to provide AEDs in public/school settings nationwide.