RAAM Team Spotlight: Winston Fisher

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Last, but certainly not least, meet Winston Fisher! This is his second time competing with Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes and he is definitely no stranger to our organization!

1.  Give us a brief introduction of yourself. Hobbies/Interests/Occupation, etc.
I’m a Partner at Fisher Brothers, a real estate firm based in New York City. I’ve always been athletic, adventurous, and competitive by nature. I’ve hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu, and ran with the bulls in Spain. I committed myself to fitness four years ago. I then started with a couple of Tough Mudders and a few Spartan races. I then graduated to Ironman, and competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona last October. I also opened my own gym last year in Tribeca called Drill Fitness, with high energy, high intensity bootcamp style body and cycle classes. Additionally, I serve as Executive Vice Chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, am on the Board of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and work with other various charities nationally.
2.  When did you realize you wanted to participate in RAAM?
I have been involved in charities where I do not only give monetary support, but give myself. Some of the most rewarding were those where I was able to combine my love of travel with helping those living in impoverished countries. I have built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua and Cambodia. It was very humbling to see the smiling faces on the families who were going to have a clean, safe home to live in. I have been to Ethiopia to dig wells with Charity Water. As the children cheered and laughed at the sight of fresh clean water, I had to thank my lucky stars that my children are so blessed. I’m the kind of person that if someone asks me to do a crazy race, I say yes and then learn about the details. The second I heard about the epic challenge of RAAM, I was excited, thrilled, and scared. I cannot think of a better feeling to indulge.
3.  What do you anticipate being the hardest part of the race?
Sleep deprivation. By day 3 to day 4 the body is sore, tired, and you are operating on fumes.  When your shift starts at 3:00 a.m. in the cold and you know you have 8 more hours of this, it is hard.
4.  What do you hope to achieve with the team’s participation in the race?
Our main goal is to go out there and be competitive, be safe, and raise funds and awareness for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. This race is not about our team, not about me, but about the men and women of our military who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. This is our small way of trying to give back and to say THANK YOU.
 
5.  What message would you give to our service members?
No matter how difficult and challenging this race will be, our wounded heroes in uniform have gone through much, much worse. Your sacrifices are deeply appreciated. Thank you for standing on the front lines in defense of our freedom. We are proud and honored to be riding for the men and women of the military.
Follow the Intrepid Fallen Heroes RAAM team on their website, Facebook, and Twitter, and using the hashtag #TeamIFHF. You can also make a donation right on their website. Thanks for your support!

Posted on June 26 2015 in Blog

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