Attorney Tracy Codd Trains for Upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro Autism Fundraiser

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Local attorney Tracy Codd has been training at Burien’s Highline Athletic Club for his upcoming fundraiser climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, which will benefit the University of Washington Autism Center.

Over the past six months, Codd has trained six days a week in preparation for the big trip, which begins Friday, Jan. 11.

“Training has been a lot of fun,” Codd told The B-Town Blog. “I owe a great deal to my trainer Fereti Vasa of the Highline Athletic Club. Fereti has designed workouts that will assist me in dealing with mountain conditions. It’s nearly impossible to simulate hiking up a steep hill at 19,000 feet in elevation, however directed exercises while wearing a backpack can be of great benefit.”

Codd has also received various inoculations as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and is in the final stages of compiling his equipment list for his Jan. 11 departure.

Here are more photos of Codd working out – pushing a weight sled – as he prepares for the climb (click images to see larger versions):

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“It’s hard work, but also great preparation for what we will face on Kili, especially at the higher elevations,” he added.

Codd will attempt to summit Mount KIlimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, along with local businessmen Craig Johnson and David Newsom, as well as a team of porters and guides.

As we’ve previously reported, as part of his climb, Codd is also raising money for the University of Washington’s Autism Center. Codd indicates fundraising is going well, but there is still some ways to go until he reaches his goal of $50,000.

“The outpouring of support and generosity from both the Burien and Normandy Park communities as well as friends and family, in some cases around the world, has been gratifying. ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a well-understood condition, and it is my hope that in a small way we can assist in increasing understanding,” he said.

For more information about this aspect of the climb, please see Codd’s Facebook page “Tracy Codd Kilimanjaro Climb for Autism.

The B-Town Blog will follow Codd’s progress through various updates throughout the trek, so stay tuned for updates!

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