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DTA's Own Ironman Raises Nearly $10,000 For The DTA Foundation

DTA's newly-elected Board Chairman and DTA Foundation supporter Bob Savage, vice president and chief financial officer at Drake Laboratories in Charlotte, N.C. once again participated in IronMan Florida to raise money to fund the DTA Foundation dental student scholarship program. Thanks to everyone who donated, he raised $9,650, just shy of his $10,000 goal. It’s not too late to help him reach his goal, you can donate here. Savage has now raised $53,350 for the DTA Foundation over the 5 years he has participated in Ironman competitions. 

Known as the most difficult one-day event in the world, the Ironman triathlon tests both physical and mental toughness. In addition to rigorous months of training, Mr. Savage is dedicating his experience to the DTA Foundation by raising money through Ironman’s Your Journey, Your Cause. This program allows athletes an opportunity to select a non-profit beneficiary as part of their journey to become an Ironman.

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“I raced Ironman Florida. In typical Ironman fashion, it was a tough, well-organized race.  Although the venue had changed from the original location of Panama City Beach to Haines City (due to Hurricane Michael), the new location was great backdrop for racing. My overall time was 13 hours, 19 minutes and 59 seconds. Yes, every second counts,” Savage said.

The race time breakdown was a 2.4-mile swim in one hour, twelve minutes and 27 seconds, a 112-mile bike ride in six hours, one minute and one second, and a 26.2-mile run in five hours and 43 minutes.

In 2017, Savage’s donation-financed two DTA Foundation dental student scholarships to Jiwon Lim at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and Sarah Spaltenstein at the University of North Carolina. His goal this year is to raise $10,000 for the DTA Foundation so it can provide scholarships to dental school candidates who exemplify a commitment to community service. 

“Overall the number one priority was finishing the event and raising awareness for the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation,” Savage said. “As of today, we have raised a total of $9,650. Another BIG THANK YOU! to those who contributed. If you did not have time or forgot it’s not too late to help me reach my goal of $10,000.”

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