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2011 Blazeman Spirit Award Recipient Honored at EagleMan

Posted on June 21, 2011

Enjoy Ann Brennan's article about Jennifer Bornneman, EagleMan 2011 Blazeman Spirit Award Recipient.

Local Athlete Honored for Giving Back

By Ann Brennan

On the day she received the Spirit Award, Bornemann was at Eagleman helping several members of Challenged Athletes Foundation meet their goal of completing the 70.3 Ironman race.

“It is because of Jennifer that I try to look at the world around me to see what I can do to improve it, all the while running, swimming, and biking—because I can,” said Lara Mish, Bornemann's twin sister who nominated her.

When I spoke with Bornemann about the award she was reticent to speak of the work she has done or the deeds that earned her the award. She told me she wasn’t comfortable talking about herself, but she did want to talk about what it meant to her to be nominated for the award by her sister.

“I am humbled by the award and honored that my sister nominated me,” she said, “We have been best friends since before we were born and she inspires me every day.”

Jon Blais completed the Ironman in 2005 and rolled across the finish line because he wanted to show people that he was not giving up. He was going to live and love every moment he had left. Within months of finishing the Ironman he was wheelchair bound, but he never ever gave up.

It is that spirit that Bornemann possesses, but not just in her own life. She has dedicated her life to others. She has dedicated her work to our men and women in uniform and she has dedicated her sport to the men and women who have to fight harder than the next guy to achieve their goals.

Bornemann embodies a spirit of giving and a spirit of living and it is this that Jon Blais would have understood the most.

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