Local doctor completes sixth decathlon for diabetes

Completing 10 extreme sports activities in 24 hours would be a challenge for just about anyone.

Dr. Tim Hindmarsh, a physician at Sweet Home Family Medicine, began doing it in 2006 through the Act Alive Decathlon. Earlier this month, he did it for the fifth time €“ with time to spare.

His schedule began the evening of Aug. 17 in Rowena, east of Hood River, where he went windsurfing in the Columbia River. He followed that with a five-mile run before bedding down for the night at Timberline on Mount Hood.

The morning of Aug. 18, he skied and snowboarded at Timberline, and then rode his bicycle 31 miles down the mountain to Sandy, where a helicopter pilot took him to Eugene. A friend flew Hindmarsh on his plane from Eugene to Sabrina Lake, where he performed a skydive next to the lake. Once out of his jumpsuit, Hindmarsh did some waterskiing, barefoot waterskiing and wakeboarding on the lake. He concluded the day with motocross on his property west of Sweet Home.

Thanks to the quick travel time in the helicopter and plane, Hindmarsh completed the activities in record time. Joining him on the run, skiing, snowboarding and bicycle ride was friend Brian Kimball of Sweet Home.

“Everything went well, and I was pleased that I was able to do all 10 sports,” Hindmarsh said, adding that this was the first year since 2007 where he was able to windsurf. Lack of wind in the Columbia River Gorge during past Act Alive events forced him to improvise to complete 10 sports activities.

Hindmarsh developed the Act Alive Decathlon as a fundraising tool to raise support for diabetes services for low-income patients at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. The previous five events raised about $35,000 for diabetes services.

For more information, call Ian Rollins, public relations at the hospital, (541) 451-7161. To donate, call the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation at (541) 451-6303.