Camp Boggy Creek Announces Grand Marshals for the 5th Annual Challenge Ride

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Michael Poole and Grant Potter will serve as Grand Marshals for the 5th Annual Challenge Ride benefiting Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for children with serious illnesses.

Camp Boggy Creek is proud to announce international triathlete Michael Poole and avid cyclist/triathlete Grant Potter as the Grand Marshals of the 5th Annual Challenge Ride. This event, presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, will be held on September 12, 2015.

All funds raised from this event will benefit Camp Boggy Creek, whose mission is serving children with serious illnesses and their families by making it possible for them to experience the adventure of camp in an environment capable of meeting their medical needs, at no cost to the families.

Michael Poole is a premier professional triathlete, ranked among the world’s elite in his sport. Poole was selected for New Zealand U17 and U19 cycling teams and represented NZ at the ITU Junior Elite Triathlon Championships. He also raced U23 Elite at the ITU World Championships. In 2014, Poole placed third in the Life Time Tri South Beach Pro Series and Life Time Tri CapTx Pro Series. Poole knows what it is like to live with a serious illness, after being diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009. Poole has worked hard to overcome his condition and is competing in the ITU World Triathlon Series to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. He serves as a national spokesman for the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s Athletes vs. Epilepsy program and is the face of the Epilepsy Foundation of New Zealand. Poole worked with Underwater Audio to write and record audio training workouts for athletes looking to improve their bike, run and swim.

"It's an honor to be a part of an organization that understands and supports children with serious illnesses," said Poole. "When asked to come back as a Grand Marshal of the Challenge Ride, I was thrilled. Although I race professionally, this bike ride gives me the chance to use my talents to directly help the kids attend Camp Boggy Creek. I was unable to participate in the event last year due to my own health issues. This year I hope that my riding with Grant Potter and the cyclists is a sign of hope for the children."

Grant Potter is an avid cyclist and triathlete who has won many master titles during his racing career. Grant was the 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Masters Stage Race Champion. He was a gold medalist at the 2005 Pan Am Games and is an 18-time Florida State Champion. Throughout his cycling career, Grant has helped raise money for many worthwhile causes and Camp Boggy Creek is proud to have him serve as one of the Grand Marshals for the Challenge Ride.

For more information on the 5th Annual Challenge Ride or to register for the event, visit or contact Jessica Shefferman at jshefferman(at)campboggycreek(dot)org.


About Camp Boggy Creek
Founded in 1996, Camp Boggy Creek is a year-round medical camp for children with serious illnesses. Co-founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the camp offers week-long summer sessions and family retreat weekends at no cost to the children or families. Located in Eustis, Florida, the 232-acre nonprofit serves children ages 7–16 that have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The camp is entirely funded by generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and healthcare partners. Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of SeriousFun Children's Network. Learn more by visiting

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