Created Date: July 22, 2018
Ironman Scott Cooper – Racing for Larisa
On July 22, 2018, I’ll be competing in the Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon. The Ironman Triathlon is considered by many to be the most challenging one-day sporting event in the world. I will complete a 2.4-mile swim, bike 112 miles and then finish with a 26.2-mile run, which will need to be completed in less than 17 hours. Preparing for a full Ironman is an intensive undertaking; however, I know I will not be alone in this adventure, because I’m racing for Larisa and supporting the Larisa Karassik Foundation. On May 23, 2015 Memorial Day weekend, an incredible 13-year old student of mine, Larisa Karassik was taken from us, as a result of a DWI fatal car crash. The individual responsible for this tragic accident was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription narcotics. He was a two-time repeat DWI offender and did not have a current drivers license. Due to this individuals’ poor decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Larisa’s life “ was taken prematurely. Having Larisa as a student can be summed up by describing her as a “once in a life time student”. It was remarkable to witness her efforts in sports and community service endeavors when she pitched in at a local food pantry, packed food for Ukraine when the country was at war, prepared meals to feed those in need, and filled backpacks with winter clothing and food for the homeless. She was always an advocate for the underdog! She always helped peers who struggled socially or dealt with bullying. Her gift of providing hope and making positive marks on those she came in contact with will allow her memory to live on. The picture above is her attending a field trip with me to Wicked on Broadway. It was an incredible evening spent with classmates. I’ve decided to join the Larisa Strong Foundation to put meaning behind my training miles and race day by making a tangible impact and honoring Larisa’s life. As a community, I’m asking you to assist us in honoring Larisa’s life and not let her become just another teen statistic. As a society, we need to do more to ensure that no one becomes the victim of a distracted driving, alcohol or drug related accident. I’m asking you to join me in making a difference and having Larisa’s legacy live on. Your donation will go to the Larisa Strong Foundation, that provides education funding, inspiration & creating awareness in our community. In good health, Scott Cooper.