Tri1406 – The Journey of Four Pastors to Complete an IRONMAN Triathlon

Four pastors, including myself, are training to race in an IRONMAN Triathlon in Louisville, KY on October 9, 2016. Pastors Mark Milatz, Ben Vogel, Drew Gruenhagen, and I hope that this race will be a path towards something bigger. We are using this 140.6 mile race as a vehicle to raise money for 20 scholarships in the amount of $1406 for students that are training for careers in churches and Christian schools.

Pastor Milatz commented, “None of us has superhuman strength or endurance. We are going to make our way to the finish line by trusting each other, receiving encouragement from friends and family, and especially by relying on the grace of God. In many ways, this journey will look very similar to our journey of faith– just a lot sweatier!”

Our training will be challenging. Corners cannot be cut. We need to be ready to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles in less than 17 hours. Some weeks we’ll be training for 20 hours, while also balancing the responsibilities in our families, churches, and communities. The chance to help lighten the load for a group of college students makes this heavy burden worth the effort. Pastor Vogel said, “It is hard to start something new. I need the proper motivation. I need an end goal.” Our goal is to complete this race and raise support for students preparing for ministry in our congregations.

Help us raise 20 scholarships of $1406 each. Consider going to and clicking on the donate button. Consider donating $14.06, $140.60, $1406, or any other amount.

Scholarships will benefit students training to be professional church workers in our church body, the Lutheran Church– Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS operates 10 colleges and two seminaries, where students receive solid theological training in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. These students need our help so that they are not mired in debt that negatively impacts their ability to serve!

To learn more about the journey of these four pastors completing their first IRONMAN Triathlon you can visit their website: Your prayers are greatly appreciated as we train.



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