Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman will be racing the Nautica New York City Triathlon next Sunday, Aug. 7, for the third year in a row. The difference this year is that she’s racing it for a cause. She’s raising funds for Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit that builds homes for severely disabled soldiers—many of whom are missing limbs—returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“There are hundreds of these guys who come home and they don’t have a place they can live in to call home where they can function normally or comfortably,” Claman says. “So we try to build those homes. It’s one at a time; they’re highly custom.”
She first learned of the organization when reading an article about a home being built for Brendan Marrocco, the first U.S. solder to survive a quadruple amputation. Last September, Claman met someone from the organization while on the job. “I sunk my nails into her arm and I said, ‘Are you the one who’s building a home for Brendan Marrocco, whom I read about?’ And she said yes. And I said, ‘I’ll do anything. I’ll pour concrete, I’ll emcee events for you—whatever you need, I’ll do it.’”
When registration came around for this year’s New York City Triathlon, Claman wanted to do something more meaningful with her racing by raising money for Building Homes for Heroes. “I’m hoping for donations,” she says. “I don’t care if it’s a dollar or 15 cents from anybody. It means that maybe another nail or rivet can be bought to build these homes.”
Claman originally started racing the New York City Triathlon in 2009. Since Fox is a part sponsor, a company-wide email went out to create a team for the race. “All I saw was ‘Fox’ and ‘team,’ didn’t really pay attention,” she says. “I clicked on the ‘yes’ button.”