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Ten Podcasts!

Maggie and I have had the privilege to be guests on 10 podcasts over the last few months. We'll provide a link to all the episodes soon. Here is the link to one of the podcasts on Spotify: The host of this podcast is Dr. Danny Yamashiro. Dr. Danny hosts the most listened to Christian radio show in Hawaii, the podcast The Good Life with Dr. Danny, and is the chaplain at MIT. We hope that you will be blessed by the podcast! From my family to yours, we wish you a very, Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Tad #ironmantriathlon #ironmantri #ironmantraining #ironman #triathlonlife #triathlontraining #triathlon #ironmanmadison #traumaticbraininjury #traumaticbraininjuryawareness #traumaticbraininjurysurvivor #hitbyabus #survivor #modernmiracles #lakeminnetonka #minnesotastories #minnesotalife #minnstagramers #authorsofinstagram #fatherdaughter #25Meters #25MetersToGod #accidentrecovery #philanthropy #charities #charitywork #charityfundraiser #redemptionpress Visit our website to learn more of our story!

By |2022-12-23T11:43:21-05:00December 23rd, 2022|

Podcast! Goodreads! Reviews!

Tad was recently on the All Things podcast at Redemption Press, the publisher for 25 Meters to God. Here is a link to the episode at their website, or you also can listen on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts! While you’re here, can you do us a BIG favor? If you’ve read the book 25 Meters to God, could you take a few minutes to write a review or mention us on Goodreads?  Here are the links to Redemption Press and Amazon for reviews, and Goodreads for recommending the book. Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word! Redemption Press Website Amazon Website Goodreads Website      

By |2022-09-23T14:31:47-05:00September 23rd, 2022|

You are an IRONMAN!

The 20th running of IRONMAN Wisconsin was Sunday, September 11th, in Madison. The weather couldn’t have been much worse; 55 degrees, 20 mph winds, and all-day rain! But the race goes on, and 1,300 competitors started the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run at 7:00 AM. There were more than 1,300 participants. Maggie finished FIRST among women in the amateur division. She had a phenomenal race, finishing in 10 hours and 48 minutes – even beating a handful of pros. She finished the race by running the marathon in 3 hours and 24 minutes!! By winning her age group she qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship to be held in Kona, Hawaii in October of 2023. Twenty years after his last IRONMAN, Tad had a spectacular race, too, despite the literal headwinds. He was happy with his swim, couldn’t wait to get off his bike, and ground through the

By |2022-09-14T16:33:38-05:00September 14th, 2022|

IRONMAN Wisconsin and fundraising update

Maggie and I are wrapping up our training and are officially in the “taper” stage of our race preparation. We are nine days away from IRONMAN Wisconsin! Here are two finish-line photos from 2002 for Tad and 2021 for Maggie. We are hoping to have updated photos for you on September 11th!! We’ve had a tremendous response to our fundraising efforts. Thanks to the generosity of 88 friends and family that have supported our efforts, we have raised $336,150!! After the race, we’ll split the proceeds equally between four wonderful charities. And there’s still time to give!! I’d love to see our number of donors hit 100 by race day. If you haven’t donated yet, click on the link that follows and join the team! We’re heading to Madison on Thursday and will send you updates from there. Thanks for following along, and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend! Tad

By |2022-09-02T12:59:58-05:00September 2nd, 2022|

Tad and Maggie on Carrie Tollefson’s Podcast

  Hey everyone, Maggie and I just had the privilege of being on Carrie Tollefson’s podcast. Carrie is one of, if not the best runner to ever come out of Minnesota. She won 13 state titles in cross-country and track in high school, before going on to win five NCAA championships running for Villanova University. She won the 1500 meters at the US Olympic Trials in 2004, and competed in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games. Carrie and her husband Charlie have been long-time family friends. Carrie is a great ambassador for endurance sports; she stays busy running, broadcasting, hosting a summer distance camp for teens, and running her podcast. It was an honor for us to be on her show, and we hope you enjoy the episode! P.S. Less than 3 weeks until the IRONMAN! Check out our updates and fundraising progress at!!

By |2022-08-22T11:05:34-05:00August 22nd, 2022|

Charity Spotlight – Engage Your Destiny

Maggie and I are raising money for our upcoming IRONMAN race on September 11th for four charitable organizations. Today we’d like to spotlight Engage Your Destiny. I encourage you to watch this 6-minute video from Ben Peterson, the founder of Engage Your Destiny. Engage Your Destiny was created in St. Louis Park, MN to bring honor, healing, and hope to our country’s military veterans. They recently held the Heroes Honor Festival at Daytona International Speedway, where 35,000 people attended, 25,000 of which were veterans or their families. The festival was designed to give a proper “Welcome Home” to our country’s Vietnam veterans, one they didn’t receive 50 years ago. Engage Your Destiny provides resources to military veterans and their families, designed to bring honor, hope and healing, leading to a world without veteran suicide. Check out their website at And go to our website,, where you can donate

By |2022-08-19T15:33:40-05:00August 19th, 2022|

Fundraising Update!!

Maggie and I are raising funds for four fantastic charities leading up to IRONMAN Wisconsin on September 11th. I’m pleased to report that we have raised $312,460 so far!! We’ve received gifts from 5 families of $25,000 or more, and many gifts in the $5,000 to $10,000 range…..amazing!! We also received a gift of $10 from a good friend that is a student right now, and that was how much she could afford to give at this time. That gift means as much to us as the larger ones, as it shows a grateful heart regardless of circumstances. We’re one month away from race day! If you’re reading this and haven’t donated to our fundraising program yet, please consider making a gift of any amount here: We love seeing the number of donors grow as much as we love to see the dollar amount grow. Each gift will bring

By |2022-08-11T13:08:19-05:00August 11th, 2022|

25 Meters to God is now available!!

The book 25 Meters to God is available for purchase through Amazon and Redemption Press! The book is available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Ebook, with the Audiobook coming soon!! Here is the link to purchase through Redemption Press. If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for book, fundraising, and race updates. And if you’re on Goodreads, we’d love it if you would add us to your “Want to Read” shelf!

By |2022-08-09T16:02:16-05:00August 9th, 2022|

Charity Highlight – Wine to Water

Hey everyone, I strongly encourage you to watch this interview I conducted with the founder of Wine to Water, Doc Hendley. Maggie and I are raising money for Wine to Water and three other organizations. I know you’ll be inspired by Doc’s story. He is living proof that no matter where you are in life, you can do great things that make a difference and help others! This interview is 11 minutes long, so grab a small cup of coffee, sit back and watch. I know you’ll be inspired by Doc’s story. When you’re done, go to our website,, for more information on the organizations Maggie and I are supporting. Thanks for your time, and have a great weekend! Tad Are you following us yet on social?  Facebook  and Instagram

By |2022-07-29T14:27:18-05:00July 29th, 2022|


Last September when I first had the crazy idea of joining Maggie in an Ironman triathlon, I hadn’t swam for four years. With Wendy paddling a SUP beside me, I jumped into the lake to see if I could still do it. I swam ½ mile with many stops and very heavy breathing, but I was encouraged enough to think I could improve enough to do the 2.4-mile swim in the Ironman. Since then, I’ve swam in a pool or lake two to three times a week, for 43 weeks. Today marked my 100th swim since last September. I swam in our lake for an hour straight without stopping, about 1.7 miles. I’m not fast, and it will always be my weakest part of the triathlon, but I’ve built up to the point where I should be able to complete the swim without draining myself for the bike and the

By |2022-07-27T16:18:22-05:00July 27th, 2022|
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