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Konchok Partners with Your Cause Sports
Peace Run at Shambhala Mountain Center, 2008

Peace Run at Shambhala Mountain Center, 2008

The Konchok Foundation has recently partnered with Your Cause Sports to create the next Shambhala Triathlon. The event will take place at the Boulder Reservoir on September 12.

Your Cause Sports was founded in 2007 by Boulder resident, Brent Herron, after his father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In his words, “everyone has a cause that is worth raising money, training, and racing for!”

Over the past five years, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has generously run marathons to help Konchok Foundation raise money to build the shedra (or school) at Surmang Monastery, the seat of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet. Now that he has stopped doing marathons, the Sakyong has asked the sangha to take over for him in this endeavor.

“I have now run nine marathons over the past years to support the rebuilding of Surmang Dutsi Til. Thank you to everyone who supported me in this effort….However, it’s now time for you to take over from me in running (or sitting, or walking) for Tibet , to complete the vital dharma projects that we are supporting there.”

– Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

The event is called “Tri for Your Cause,” designed specifically for individual participants to raise funds for a cause of their choice. Participants register and receive their own fundraising page. They can then encourage family and friends to sponsor their participation in the Triathlon to raise money for the Surmang Shedra.

“Tri for Your Cause” Boulder Triathlon / Duathlon
September 12th; at the Boulder Reservoir at 3:30 PM
Organized by Your Cause Sports

Triathlon: 750 meter swim, 23 mile Bike, 4 mile run
Duathlon: Run 2 miles, Bike 26 miles, Run 4 miles
Or…. Run 5K

Visit this website for details on how to register:

Give it a try… When you register, you will pay a $30 (individual) or $40 (team) fee plus sign a guarantee that you can raise a minimum of $70 for your cause. This guarantee must be met by race day when you pick up your packet. You will receive an email with a link to your own fundraising page and how to customize it. Please call or email Ginny Lipson (303-494-7852) [email protected] after you have registered, so that Konchok Foundation can help you fund raise.

Other ways to participate for people of varying abilities and inclinations:


For people who would like to participate at a more leisurely pace, we are planning a walkathon to coincide with the Triathlon event. The walkathon will be around Coot lake, next to the Boulder Reservoir. There is free parking at Coot Lake, and going around it once is about 1 mile. People can choose as many laps as they wish and, with this event, we are also encouraging participants to get sponsors.

More details on this event will be forthcoming. To sign up (at no cost), please call 303-494-7852 or email [email protected]

Participants can commit to a certain number of hours of meditation the week before the event. Or you can commit to solely a few designated hours of meditation (no sports) and likewise request sponsors to donate money to the Surmang Shedra project on your behalf. Please formalize your commitment by registering (at no cost) by calling Ginny Lipson at 303-494-7852 or email [email protected]

To learn more about Shambhala Triathlons at various Shambhala Centers, please see:

If you would like to find out more about the Shedra project, please visit the Konchok Foundation site: http://www.konchok.org

If you have any questions, feel free to call Ginny Lipson (303-494-7852) or email: [email protected]

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