Jeff Patterson

2016 Ironman Wisconsin

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Update (October 6th): Just ten days away from race day! To date we've provided water for ONE HUNDRED children in Africa!

Last month I attempted the 70.3 distance for the first time ever, and had so much fun for five-and-a-half hours. You're welcome to read more about it and see some photos. The real race is next ... 

On Sunday, October 16th I will be racing alongside my brother at Ironman Arizona 70.3 in Tempe. I promise to swim, bike, and run faster (and faster than him ;-) the more you give!  

Update (June 20th): This weekend I put in a special day of training, dubbed the Loneliman 38.3, as a way to gauge fitness, race for free (solo or "lonely"), and spread the word about the incredible opportunity before us to provide life-changing water for those who lack it. Together we have provided water for 78 kids! 
Our eyes are now set on October 16th for the real race, Ironman AZ 70.3. I promise to swimbikerun faster as you give!

I'm participating in IRONMAN Arizona 70.3 with Team World Vision to help provide clean water for kids and families in Africa! The needs are real, and there is something we can do!


$50 = clean water for 1 person

I believe that Every Child Deserves Clean Water!
Do you? If so, please consider a donation of any size!
Thanks for your support!

Last year we set a modest goal of $1,500 while I trained for a sprint triathlon. In hopes of staying motivated I personally promised to match that amount if I finished the race in first place. (What happened? Read about it here, but suffice to say it was the best Father's Day I can remember.) We did much more than I even dreamed. Together we teamed up to provide life-changing water for more than 100 kids in Africa!

Father-son joy!  We did it, son.

Let's do it again this year! I'll do the training and sweating, more than quadrupling the distance in this year's race. It's called a Half IRONMAN (or "70.3" for the total miles). For five plus hours I'll endure and push my body to full exertion. What drives me forward is thinking about those children who long to have life-changing water. Let's provide it for them!


Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. We believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes, and World Vision is focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every community they work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places.


World Vision is the leading nongovernmental (NGO) provider of clean water. We reach one new person with clean water every 30 seconds. We work alongside communities so that they take ownership in maintenance and repair of water points. This results in water that continues to flow long after our work concludes. The longevity of World Vision water projects is unsurpassed.

In joining Team World Vision we get to fund water projects that will serve their communities for decades. 

World Vision and their partners commit to expanding our reach from providing clean water to one new person every 30 seconds to reaching one new person every 10 seconds with clean water and sanitation by 2020, and then continuing at that pace for another 10 years until we reach everyone everywhere we work by 2030.


World Vision works with communities in desperate need to help provide things like clean water, nutritious food, education, medical care, and economic opportunity.

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