Tri Time – Fundraising for CHLA

Hello everyone, 

It’s triathlon time again! 

Time for me to #swim, #bike, and #run in preparation for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.

Zak Graff EnsembleZKG

Nautica Malibu Tri finish line

This is my fifth time racing in Malibu and I’m again raising money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). 

:: Donate Here ::

I’m raising money for a great cause through Disney Tri Team and hope you’ll help me on my way to a goal of $500. 

I’ve done this before, so if you’ve heard me say some of these things previously, you can skip to the most important part and Donate Here. If not, here goes…


I started participating in the sport of triathlon five years ago when I signed up for the Malibu Tri as my first multi-sport race. I had recently started running that spring (after reading Running for Mortals), was bike commuting to work (most days), and my gym had a pool so I had all the training tools at my disposal and was looking for a new challenge. I taped a full-page ad torn out of Men’s Health magazine onto my tv – the thinking there being, I had to take the page off the screen before I would watch television – as motivation. I had to consciously decide not to train if I was sitting on my butt to watch television. It worked. I watched less tv, got out more, improved my health and finished the race faster than my goal. 

My first triathlon experience at Malibu was great

Zak Graff NMT posted results

my first triathlon

and I’ve been a tri disciple since then. 

Over the past few years I’ve increased distance, added CrossFit to the mix, upped my bike commuting and eaten more vegetables in a pursuit of better overall health. (But I still find ways to invest in empty calories as well…) Triathlon as a hobby has given much to me and I like the philanthropic nature of this race in particular, which is one of the reasons I keep coming back to race in Malibu. 

Each year since 1986, MESP has supported local charities by fundraising through this race. They have fostered a competitive culture of giving through the Corporate & Entertainment Challenges. Companies like Disney, NBC/Universal, CBS, Paramount, Toyota, Paul Mitchell, Wynn Hotels, CNN and Warner Brothers all compete to raise money for a great cause. 

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. You may have seen stories like this and this (with Chris Pratt of Guardians of The Galaxy)

Chris Pratt visiting CHLA

Chris Pratt visiting CHLA

in your newsfeed not realizing that this is part of the world-class care CHLA provides its young patients. 

I’m asking you to help by contributing to a cause I believe in: helping kids with cancer and blood-related illness through CLHA’s research and treatment programs. 

:: Donate Here ::


My goal is $500, so every bit helps. Whether it’s five bucks, one hundred, or any amount in between, whatever you can contribute will help care for kids fighting tough diseases receive the best care available. 

:: Donate Here ::

Once again I have the privilege of racing with the Disney Tri Team


and I want to match last year’s goal of raising $500 for the team and CHLA. With your help I know we can exceed that goal. Will you donate and help me raise money for this worthy cause? 

:: Donate Here ::

Thanks for your donation and thanks for supporting CHLA!!




About zkgraff

Man on the move, Director @ensemblezkg, Host of @DesignInConvo Podcast, Triathlete, CrossFitter, Ironman CA 70.3 Finisher
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