UPDATE- HE DID IT!
We are beyond thrilled to share that UberMan Gerard Charlton has completed his 900km journey, making him the FIRST Canadian to complete this ultra-triathlon and only the third person ever! We are blown away by the determination and resiliency it took to accomplish this grueling challenge.
Check out Gerard’s Journey to see more photos from the past 7 days.
From all of us at Canuck Place, congratulations Gerard!
Gerard Charlton is a 55-year-old Vancouver native who has been a top age group competitor in Triathlons and Ironmans since 1985.
On October 9, 2018, Gerard will push his body to the limits competing in one of the world’s most challenging triathlons – Uberman.
This 900 km course takes place on Catalina Island and Gerard is racing in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
If successful, Gerard will become the first Canadian to complete this challenge, which begins with a 33 km swim on Catalina Island to the shores of Palos Verdes, followed by a 650 km bike route, and finishes with a 217 km run which includes a 13,000 feet ascent to the trailhead at Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States.
Gerard’s goal is to raise $15,000 for Canuck Place.
A former military pilot, Gerard has competed in many races, in support of a variety of charities.
After living 8 years overseas with his family in Saudi Arabia in 2004, Gerard witnessed the dramatic changes in ‘street youth’ and general poverty around Vancouver.
This was when Gerard decided to take on his first challenge: the Ultraman Canada event in 2005, in support of Covenant House and the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.
It was a life-changing experience and from that moment onwards, Gerard caught the “marathon” bug.
Throughout his lifetime, Gerard has competed in many races, including a “Double Ironman” in 2017.
This year, Gerard has set his sights on becoming the third person to ever complete the Uberman, an off the grid, self-supported event with no aid stations, or race support crew – all to raise money for Canuck Place.
“There is no courage like the courage of a family and child dealing with life-altering challenges,” Gerard said. “Travelling with them along a difficult journey, and offering whatever it is we can provide is what makes us family and community.”
You can help support Gerard’s ultra-triathlon by donating to his personal fundraising page.
Want to follow along Gerard’s epic journey? Track his progress here.