To what lengths would you go to support a Cristo Rey Jesuit student? One of our volunteers, Trey Schonter, went to great lengths by swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles to raise more than $9,000 during an Ironman triathlon. Trey competed in the half marathon that took place in St. George, Utah, with a goal to raise $6,250 for Cristo Rey Jesuit– the scholarship amount needed to support one student for a year. He was inspired to run because of his deep connection to CRJ Houston’s Founding President, Father TJ Martinez, S.J. Trey, a graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, became deeply connected to Father Martinez. “Father Martinez profoundly impacted my time at Dallas Jesuit, and he continues to direct and inspire my life today,” Trey said. “I’m committed to Cristo Rey Jesuit.”
Trey set up a donation page for his family, friends, and CRJ supporters and then spent the next few months training at least two hours every day to prepare for the grueling triathlon.
With his handle bars wrapped in orange and marigold, CRJ colors, Trey cycled through the challenging bike portion of the competition. The bike portion was “without a doubt my favorite leg. Riding through the state park on top of the bluffs was amazing. There was a 13% incline during the run, but I definitely felt Father Martinez with me.”
At just about six hours into the competition, Trey reached the finish line, 51 minutes faster than his triathlon goal, and exceed his fundraising goal. The next finish line he’s set his sights on is to attain his MBA.