Jonah 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.” ~ Plutarch


Jonah KoikaranHephaestus 2018


Alter ego:    HEPHAESTUS

In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the gods. He was the Greek god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Hephaestus was a very busy and accomplished god indeed! With a workshop beneath the crater of a volcano, Hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in Olympus, using the volcano as his forge, and served as their official blacksmith. He was working together closely with the exotic, one-eyed Cyclopes to create extraordinary thunderbolts for his father, Zeus.

Hephaestus crafted much of the magnificent equipment of the gods including their incredible palaces atop Mount Olympus. Of course, he also had his own palace on Olympus containing an impressive workshop there too, and almost any finely fashioned metalwork permeated with powers that appears in Greek myth is said to have been forged by Hephaestus. Among his creations, he designed Hermes’ winged helmet and sandals, Helios’ chariot, Eros’ bow and arrows and Achilles armor during the siege of Troy. 

Although he made all these incredible weapons…he was kind and peace loving. Just as the goddess Athena would help mortals, Hephaestus gave skills to mortal artists and was believed to have taught men the arts alongside his sister, Athena. Both were believed to have great healing powers. He was represented in the temple of Athena Chalcioecus (Athena of the Bronze House) in Sparta!!!

ID300 warrior:

Intense Defense 300 is proud to have one of our youngest teammates to ride with us for a fourth time in 2018 for the Epic 10 years of the Ride in Quebec.  We already considered Jonah an important part of the team when he was an encouraging member of our road crew with his mom and sister in 2012…but we were especially happy the moment he reached the eligible participation age and he chose to officially join the team. His energy and enthusiasm continue to be an excellent addition to Intense Defense 300.

Please encourage Jonah with your generous donation to help him reach and surpass his fundraising goal.