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Button prepares to tackle London Triathlon challenge 06 Aug 2010

Jenson Button (GBR), Brawn GP, completed the olympic distance in 2hrs 7 mins. Mazda London Triathlon, London Excel, London, England, 3 August 2009.

With a three-week break between races, you’d expect most drivers to hang up their race suits and take some well-earned rest and relaxation ahead of the season’s final push. McLaren’s Jenson Button has other ideas, however, and this weekend will take part in the world famous London Triathlon.

The annual event, which takes place over Saturday and Sunday, attracts 11,000 entrants making it the largest triathlon in the world. It encompasses a demanding 1500-metre swim, a 40-kilometre bike ride and a 10-kilometre run. Button - a regular triathlon competitor - took part in the event last year and impressively finished second in his age category.

Although an ideal way to boost his fitness for Grands Prix, the British driver has even nobler reasons for competing as he’ll be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 30 year-old is a patron of the charity, which makes dreams a reality for young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

For more details on Button's fund-raising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/jb2010.