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Button to take on London Triathlon challenge 14 May 2009

Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 7 May 2009

Brawn GP’s Jenson Button may have been busy winning four of this season’s opening five races, but he hasn’t forgotten his penchant for taking part in triathlons.

This week Button announced he will participate in this year’s London event to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which makes dreams a reality for young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

"I'm aiming to finish in the top 10 percent, so no pressure!” said the British driver. “I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of kids who are supported by the charity at our tests and races. It's a real privilege to be involved with them. The kids are so inspirational and hopefully we can raise enough money to fulfil as many of their dreams as possible."

The London Triathlon comprises a demanding 1500-metre swim, a 40-kilometre bike ride and a 10-kilometre run. The event, which will take place on August 1, will be held at the city’s ExCeL centre.

Last year Button finished an impressive 16th out of 250 competitors at the amateur Sevenoaks Triathlon, and 117th out of 1700 at the Olympic-distance Nokia Royal Windsor Triathlon.

For more details on Button's fund-raising efforts, click here.