Nick Johnson

2017 Ironman Wisconsin

My story isn’t that much different from anyone else’s, except I’m about to try something everyone else would think is crazy. Anyhow, here’s how all this started.

Coupla marathons, coupla thousand dollars raised. Good enough, right?

As a member of Team World Vision (TWV) since 2012, I had run two half marathons and a full, raising just over $2,000 to help bring clean water to communities in Africa. I felt pretty good about that. So I quit in 2015.

Sorry, thirsty kids in Africa, but I’m lazy.

The summer of 2015 was a glorious time not to be training. But when the Twin Cities Marathon fired its starter pistol, it was like a shot to my spirits. I’d given up on TWV, I’d given up on the kids who needed an advocate, I’d given up because I thought I’d given enough.

140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running. $140,600 of fundraising. Which will be easier?

If you know me, you know both goals are laughable. But with what I’ll call “God’s direct intervention,” I’m going to complete an Ironman Triathlon and raise $1,000 per mile.

Are you scared yet? Nick is.

“Almost every good thing God has for us in life lies just on the other side of fear,” writes Michael Chitwood, founder of Team World Vision. So I invite you to do something that frightens you a little:

If we do this, 2,800 people will get clean water for the rest of their lives. 


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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