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Local Ankeny Resident James Thorton will compete as part of charity Smile Train’s Team EMPOWER at the IRONMAN Arizona on Sunday, November 17th

Posted October 24, 2013 in Ankeny, Community Web Exclusives

Smile Train is partnering with IRONMAN Arizona as the official charity sponsor of the 2013 race. A team of about 75 athletes will race to give new life and new smiles back to children around the globe.

Starting with a 2.4 mile swim down the Tempe Town Lake, followed by a three-loop 112 mile bike ride of stunning Sonoran Desert views, and finishing with 26.2 mile stretches of run around the lake and through the Papago Park, the race is enjoyable and thrilling for all athletes. Each of the members of the team are all participating in order to give back to a great cause and help children around the world.


 | Local Ankeny resident James Thorton


 | Thorton will join Smile Trai n’s team EMPOWER for the IRONMAN Arizona – racing to raise funds for children born with clefts around the world.

 | Sunday, November 17th


 | Tempe, AZ

For more information please visit: http://support.smiletrain.org/site/TR?fr_id=1090&pg=entry


Smile Train’s mission is to provide a child born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without a cleft. We provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries and train doctors and medical professionals in over 80 countries.

Unlike many charities that do many different things, Smile Train’s mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades. We want our mission to be yours http://www.smiletrain.org/.

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