Sarah Cira's journey to become an Ironman!

It may come to no surprise that I've had a goal to become an Ironman like my dad since I was 8 years old!  After years of multiple joint surgeries and chronic back pain, I finally got back to being able to run again.  As it turns out, this was also the same time that my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  

Knowing my dad only had about 1-2 years to live,  I trained like never before and was able to compete in my 1st 1/2 marathon, full marathon and 70.3 Ironman with my dad there to watch me finish!  I soaked up as much knowledge and wisdom from my dad as I possibly could!

I've now come to the point in my life where I'm ready to take on my 1st Ironman in Louisville on October 9th, 2016!  

I'm competing not only in honor of my dad, but for Michiana challenged athletes!  Please take a moment to make a contribution towards the mission my dad and I have helped create.  Thank you!


Sarah finished her 1st half marathon 2012 with her dad at the finish line after being diagnosed with brain cancer

 Sarah and Steve-O at the finish chute coming in for my 1st half marathon finish in 2012! 

Sarah and Steve-O post brain surgery in Florida, April 2012

Sarah and Steve-O post brain surgery in Florida, April 2012

 Giving my dad his splits up Pilani Dr. Hill on way out to Energy Lab in Kona in 2000!


Grandpa giving kisses to Layne at Niles Triathlon 2010!

Achieving my dream of completing the Chicago Marathon in honor of my dad while raising over $5,000 for American Brain Tumor Association!


Cole and Logan introduce Layne to Grandpa for the 1st time! 


My 1st Half Ironman (Muncie) continuing a 30 year "Smith" tradition!


Checks can be made out to "Racing For Steve-O, Inc." and mailed to 14831 Copper Penny Dr.  Granger, In 46530

If you'd like to learn how you can help or start your own fundraising webpage and "Race" for Steve-O, please visit "Join Our Team" tab at the top of this website.  Thanks!

published Recreational Grant Applications 2019-11-20 08:54:34 -0500

Recreational Grant Application


Steve (Steve-O) Smith's vision for the Racing For Steve-O Foundation was to help Michiana children and adults of all abilities have opportunities to be involved in recreational activities, sports and camps.  In honor of his wishes, the Racing For Steve-O Foundation offers recreational grants to organizations that support adaptive, modified and inclusive recreational activities in the Michiana area.   

Individual Grant Request:

  Starting in 2020, our recreational grants will be awarded directly to Reins of Life and Camp Millhouse for disbursement to individuals based on these qualifications:

 #1- Those wishing to be awarded these funds must live in these Michiana counties: St. Joseph, Laporte, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Fulton and Porter Counties in Indiana.  Cass and Berrien counties in Michigan). 

  #2- Priority for these funds are given to families that volunteer at the Barron Lake Triathlon held the 4th Saturday of August every year.  For more info on volunteering, please click on the tab above for Barron Lake Triathlon.

Please contact Reins of Life or Camp Millhouse directly to request a Racing for Steve-O grant. 

Why are we no longer accepting applications directly?  Simply because we are a very small organization ran 100% by volunteers and it has become too overwhelming for us to manage the 100's of applications we have received in the past.  This allows us more time to help raise funds and continue to support our mission to help our community with special needs! 

Organizational Non-Profit Grant Request:

For non-profit organizations that share our mission of helping Michiana's community with special needs located in St. Joseph, Laporte, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Fulton and Porter Counties in Indiana.  Cass and Berrien counties in Michigan

click on link below...

Organization Grant Application





published Steve-O's 100x100 Swim Challenge 2015-09-24 09:10:10 -0400

Steve-O's 100x100 Swim Challenge


Are you tough enough to take on "Steve-O’s 100X100 Swim Challenge"?  Stay motivated during the holidays by taking part in 1 of 3 levels of swimming bliss!

As a high school swim coach, Steve-O would traditionally have his swimmers swim 100x100 on New Year's Eve. We would like to continue this tradition by challenging brave swimmers nationwide! Grab your friends, swim teams and tri buddies and hit the deck! Pick a challenge level below and complete the workout by Dec. 31st at midnight! 

3 Levels of Challenges:

Big Honu Challenge:
Swim all 100x100’s in one day! 

Raising Phoenix:
Swim 100x100’s in 1 week

Turtle Speed:
Swim 100x100’s in 1 month


Please feel free to set up your own personal online fundraising campaign at:

Thank you for your support and good luck!!


Steve-O's 100x100 Swim Challenge "Big Honu" Hall of Fame (Certified BTTW Beasts!!) 

Adam's High School Swim Teams (coached by Steve-O and all teams that have carried on the tradition!)

Doug Troyer (2015, 2019)

Jayse Pestow (2019)

Ken Kidulas (2019)

John Morse (2019)

Maisha Seebeck (2019)

Christy Howard (2019)

Nicki Kucala (2019)

Caelea Armstrong (2018, 2019)

Claire Bowden (2017)

Adam Chaim

Sarah Cira (2015)

Lori Crawford

Gene Cruise (2017, 2018, 2019)

Melissa Day (2018)

Jason Demeter

Tracy Eaves (2015 & 2018)

Emily Fruehwirth (2017 & 2018)

Andrea Groote (2015)

DJ Hanback

Curtis Harris 2018

Keith Higginbottom

Cheryl Miemczewski (2018)

Jose Noriega (2018)

Maureen Kennedy 

Kevin Kurtz

Jim Langfeldt (2018)

Marc Laudeman

Tim Legge

Tom Levau

Laura Malcolm (2017 & 2018)

Meredith ??  

Greg Miller

Daniel Mikula

Jake Parks 

Maggie Reagan (2015, 2018, 2019)

Andy Rosebrook

Doug Satoruis

Brian Schroth

Brad Serf

Greg Shatto

Stephanie Sickerott (2018)

Mike Teske (2017 & 2018)

Chris Tilbury

Doug Troyer

Paula Turk (2018, 2019)

Bennett Tyson (2017)

Nick Weiler (2015 and Former Swimmer of Steve-O)

Mark Ziegert

Sandy Zielinski

*Please contact Sarah Cira or message us via our Facebook page to be added if you're not listed or want to update your dates**





donated via 2020-07-27 10:14:38 -0400

Please donate to Racing For Steve-O!

$32,248.81 raised
GOAL: $50,000.00

Thank you so much for your support of Racing For Steve-O!  The donation you make today helps Steve-O's mission to offer scholarships to children of all abilities so they may participate in recreational activities and camps!  

Did you know it cost $30 per session for therapeutic horseback riding?  Or that it costs $600 for a week at Camp Millhouse?  These costs can brake the bank for so many in our special needs community that can greatly benefit from these essential services!  Please help support these great activities for our Michiana special needs community!

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.




Sarah Cira
Daughter of Steve Smith, runner and triathlete

MY GOAL: $5,000.00
$5,871.07 RAISED
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