By Kelly Gallagher
Jessica Leonard, one of Seton’s newest staff members, ran the Iron Man Triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend on Saturday, September 7. The Iron Man consists of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles. Leonard says, “The Iron Man is the ultimate physical and mental test of any endurance event and for me, I can only get across the finish line with my family, friends, and my community support. That day was the hardest race I’ve ever done, but when there’s a will, there’s a way, and when I got across the finish line, I was happy to be done. ”
Leonard started the race at seven o’clock in the morning and ended at nine thirty at night, completing the triathlon in 14 hours and 48 minutes. She trained for this specific Iron Man for eight months and plans on doing another one in two years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Leonard is a Seton grad, class of 2001, and now teaches at Seton as the Health and PE teacher. The Seton faculty is always glad to welcome back an alumna and looks forward to working with her this school year.
Leonard plans on a fun and active year in class, including field trips to Mercy Health Complex to work out. Leonard appreciates all of the support and motivation she received from everyone during her training and race day.
This is Leonard’s 3rd Iron man race and she fundraises for a charity called Girls on the Run. This charity revolves around teaching healthy living and self-respect for girls in the third through eighth grade. Leonard’s goal is to raise $50,000 for Girls on The Run. She holds fundraising events including indoor triathlons, eight hour spinning days and sand volleyball tournaments for donations. Leonard plans to attend Girls on The Run’s next fundraising event which is a 5k on November 16 in downtown Cincinnati. Leonard encourages Seton students and alumni to participate, to register go to, gotrcincinnati.org and to check out Leonard’s BlogSpot go to, firstname.lastname@example.org.