Racing for Water with urgency and not with haste.


Race day is almost here, and yet there’s so much work to do. Restful work, really. Then we go for on Sunday, October 16th.

#899, racing for Team World Vision
#899, racing for Team World Vision

This journey began the first of the year to attempt to raise funds for World Vision water projects as a noble goal much bigger than self-improvement. I enjoy physical training and yet the challenge has been much bigger than just waking up at 4 AM every day with intention. My initial goal was $5K, providing life-giving water for 100 kids in East Africa. Last month we surpassed that, and take we’ve gone further together to bring water to 128 kids ($6,402). I’ve since raised the goal to $7,030, which would mean two kids receive water for each mile I endure on Sunday. The more given, the faster I will swim, bike, and run.

Best in the West 70.3 (a race before the race)

There’s just ten days until the race for water! Next Sunday I’ll endure a good five hours, alongside my brother, racing with a purpose at Ironman Arizona 70.3. 

Here’s a recap of another race of the same distant that I attempted last month. While the distance is the same, the purpose heightens with this next one: will you help me suffer on purpose for a day so those who must endure daily can receive new life and purpose?

Every $50 provides life-giving water for a child, for life! 


Leading up to Ironman Arizona 70.3 this month (on 10/16!) — a fundraiser to provide WATER for 100+ kids in Africa! [GIVE] — I sought out at least one triathlon this Summer. Since my favorite triathlon — and the only one I’ve done so far, twice, the Clackamas Cove sprint tri — was cancelled for Father’s Day, another race had to suffice. Locals tell great stories about the Best in the West triathlon festival, and it’s hosted annually at a favorite Summer spot near and dear to our family: Foster Lake. Most races are on Sundays, yet as a pastor I want to be with our people to worship and serve on the Lord’s day, so Saturday is much better. Lo and behold, there’s a sprint distance at the Best in the West. And a half-iron distance (aka, 70.3 or long-course). How about we try it?

Wake-up Workout

A highlight of last weekend was early morning wake-up workout each day with the good men of Renew Church and the camaraderie of brotherhood to push toward our best while fostering ambitions much greater than mere self-improvement.

Go Farther Together!


Most of our weekend was spiritual exercise for the Renew Men’s Intense Jesus Weekend, yet we began each day bodily exercise (7-minute workout) and some running like this. Under a mile, up a good steep incline, and close to twenty minutes total movement. (Here’s a couple fun timelapse videos.)

Proud of these men for pushing one another out of our comfort zones.

One Hundred Superheroes!

Go Farther Together

Team World Vision sent me this postcard for reaching a significant milestone in fundraising. Well, WE did it, and many of YOU are to thank for that!

Let’s be clear though: the real Superheroes are the women and children who must go far every day to fetch unclean water just to survive! 

Go Farther Together

For a mere $50 we can provide life-saving clean water for children in communities with the potential to solve the world water crisis in our generation.

Made it to first goal of providing water for 100 children. More work to do. Thanks Team World Vision for the new tri kit, which I’ll wear in #IMAZ703.