IM Whistler race course

Helgi Olafson End Of The World 10 K

Helgi Spencer Olafson

July 30, 2013, (ISN) –  I am hoping to share my story with you as I journey through Canada racing in triathlon and raising awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is an autoimmune arthritis that I have. I am originally from Canada, but now I reside and train in Hawaii.

Though I owe a few blog posts that I will be updating this week on my way through the northern Rocky Mountains to Kelowna, I have been accounting my journey with media outreach, race reports, family interaction, and new relationships. Please view my blog at and connect with me via Facebook and Twitter (@HelgiOlafson).

helgi winnipeg meeting
Photo courtesy of Helgi Spencer Olafson 

Not only am I connecting with you in order to network, but also I am hoping to be featured as a human interest story for Ironman Canada’s first year for the Whistler venue, especially since I have already fundraised $1650 and will have raised at least $2100 by race day for Ironman Foundation. I have raised my goal for the summer of 2013 to raise even more awareness by connecting with media around North America in order to have the best possible platforms for touching the lives of others with Ankylosing Spondylitis and arthritis. Exercise as medicine is my mantra.

Here is a link to a story from the Winnipeg Free Press, published on Monday, July 22nd. 

This story helped double the attendance at my Winnipeg Meet and Greet, which I scheduled for the very same day in Winnipeg. We had over 40 people, about half of them have Ankylosing Spondylitis. Many great connections of support and relationships were started at this meeting.

Here is a follow up to this meeting: 

Here is a link to my story of diagnosis and journey with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Island Sports News, an online news network based on Vancouver Island: 

Just finished Ironman Calgary 70.3 yesterday with a PR overall as well as by more than 4 minutes on both the swim course and the bike!! What a beautiful course!!: 

I have also had the chance to help the flood victims in High River, AB while in Calgary, by joining a group to dig out 5 inches of mud across a whole property that settled after the water receded. The families who were able to return home in the area are still in need, but every bit helps. Here is a story written about our group effort: 

I look forward to your reply and I hope you can help network my cause to help me raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis throughout Canada and beyond. Please visit my website (in my signature) for more information.


Helgi Spencer Olafson
Helgi Olafson Foundation
“ENDURANCE For Ankylosing Spondylitis”
“Do More Than Sport”