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Check our Blog regularly for updates on the book, the charities, Maggie and Tad’s race preparation, and other great content!

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, https://redemption-press.com/25-meters-to-god-with-tad-weiss/ 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 |September 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 marathon, finishing in the dark and with an incredible time of 14 hours 27 minutes. This placed him 4th of the 25+ participants in his age bracket! Stay tuned here for more coverage to come soon!                               See Tad cross the finish line:  A18 Tad Finish See Maggie cross the finish line: A15 Maggie Finish

By |September 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!  https://ironmanfoundation.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=2872 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 and Maggie

By |September 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 www.25meters.com!!

By |August 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 www.engageyourdestiny.com. And go to our website, www.25meters.com, where you can donate to our fundraising and support EYD and three other fantastic organizations! https://youtu.be/-x8U56QXIAQ

By |August 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:  https://ironmanfoundation.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=2872 We love seeing the number of donors grow as much as we love to see the dollar amount grow. Each gift will bring joy to your heart, encourage us, and will benefit four amazing charities that support people in need.  Help us finish strong, and thank you for following our journey!! Tad and Maggie P.S. If you have donated and have not received a handwritten note from Maggie and me, please let me know! The IRONMAN Foundation works with many athletes, and donations that aren’t processed through the website may not get credited to our fundraising. Thank you!

By |August 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 |August 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, www.25meters.com, for more information on the organizations Maggie and I are supporting. Thanks for your time, and have a great weekend! Tad   https://vimeo.com/734822678 Are you following us yet on social?  Facebook  and Instagram

By |July 29th, 2022|

#100

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 run. Do you have something you’d like to accomplish or become proficient at? It could be for your health; like swimming, walking, or running. It could be reading; committing to reading a book or the Bible every day. Or it could be any other pursuit. If there is something out there for you, don’t think about doing it 100 times, think about 25. If you can do any activity regularly 25 times, you will have created the habit and become proficient enough to keep going. You will eventually get to 100 but focus on 25 first. The first 25 times

By |July 27th, 2022|

Charity Highlight – Feed My Starving Children

Hey everyone, I’m excited to share with you an interview I conducted with Mark Crea, Executive Director and CEO at Feed My Starving Children. FMSC is one of the four charities that Maggie and I are raising money for. I’ve known Mark for a lot of years, and I strongly encourage you to watch this interview. It’s 17 minutes long, so get a cup of coffee or watch it over your lunch break. I get inspired every time I talk with Mark, and I think you will too! Thanks for watching, and enjoy the weekend. Tad Weiss https://vimeo.com/730410833

By |July 15th, 2022|

We are getting close!

We Are Getting Close! I was like a kid at Christmas when Wendy dropped off a package at the office yesterday. The box was “book-sized” and from my publisher, Redemption Press. It contained a preview copy of 25 Meters to God.   The cover of 25 Meters to God I hadn’t thought about what that moment would feel like, but it was quite emotional, especially when Maggie walked into my office to see the book. I’ve been working on this project for five years, but the last nine months have been intense. The excitement and satisfaction of holding the physical book was an incredible feeling! The book should be ready to order in 3 weeks. There will be a Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook version available. Our website, www.25meters.com, will have a link that will send you to the Redemption Press bookstore to order the book. The book will also be available through the major online retailers, but you’ll get a better price at Redemption Press. If you would like to order multiple copies, or receive a signed copy, let me know and we’ll be happy to get them to you. We’re posting a lot of content about the upcoming race, our fundraising, and the book on Instagram and Facebook. Please follow/like for updates and share with your friends to help us get the word out. Thanks and we’ll be back to you soon! https://vimeo.com/729663112   Read more posts here!

By |July 13th, 2022|

Victory at the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon

Maggie and I are competing in three triathlons in preparation for IRONMAN Wisconsin in September. We competed in the Buffalo Olympic Distance triathlon in early June, and the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon last Saturday. This was the 18th running of the LMT Sprint race. After finishing second on three prior occasions, Maggie brought it home in 1st place this year for the women’s division at the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon! Her time of 1 hour 14 minutes provided a comfortable margin of victory and was Maggie’s first win in her home state…congratulations Maggie!! Her “old man” finished in 1 hour 30 minutes and was pleased with his race. Maggie took first place in the women's division. You can read more about Maggie’s victory in this article. Please like/follow us this summer on our social media: Facebook and Instagram and share our story with your friends!

By |June 22nd, 2022|

REDEMPTION PRESS

I recently signed a contract with Redemption Press to publish and distribute the book 25 Meters to God. The team at Redemption Press has been awesome, and for a first-time author, the process has been eye-opening. As I was told by a friend of mine that has written numerous books, writing the book is the easy part; publishing it is the hard part! The writing of the book has been a labor of love. Much of the content was written in 2014 as we documented Maggie’s accident and subsequent recovery. I’ve had numerous people tell me I needed to turn my journal writings into a book, so it’s been on my mind for a long time. I’ve been writing the book off and on for the last five years, and I’m thrilled to finish the project. 25 Meters to God will be available through Redemption Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book retailers.

By |May 12th, 2022|

NEVER FORGET

Writing a book about an event that happened eight years ago is a great way to remember the past. I’ve been fortunate to have a journal, notes, photos, and thousands of e-mails to help jog my memory. Without those, the story wouldn’t be very accurate. Our memories and recollections of past events fade over time, but there is something else at work too. The speed and change of life give us new things to focus on, to the point where we slowly forget the blessings that God provided in the past. Eight years ago, I vowed to thank God every day for performing a miracle and saving my daughter Maggie’s life. Starting each day with a thankful heart gives honor to God and sets me up for a better day. When it comes to God’s promises and blessings, I will never forget.

By |April 26th, 2022|

JIREH

I was out for my long run on Sunday. In our Ironman training, we do a long bike ride with a short run on Saturday, and then follow it up with a long run on Sunday. The idea is that you’re tired coming off the long Saturday workout, which simulates how you’re going to feel during the run on race day. I listen to music when I run, and on this day I was listening to a worship music playlist on Amazon Prime. It was a cloudy day and I was on my 7th mile when the song Jireh came on, a song written and performed by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music. I’ve heard the song many times, and it has grown on me the more I’ve heard it. Not even a minute into the song, in the second verse, they sing that God would cross an ocean, so I wouldn’t drown. The words hit me like a ton of bricks, because that is the essence of our story, and of the book! God crossed an ocean to save Maggie, and He crossed an ocean so I wouldn’t drown! How could I have listened to this song, maybe fifty times before, and missed this? As the words were sinking in, the sun burst through the clouds, and a bright light and warmth hit my face. God was putting an exclamation point on the moment, and He and I were connected. He reminded me that He is always there for

By |April 19th, 2022|

Welcome to our website

We created this site to share information on an exciting project we’ve been working on. In a nutshell, here is what you’ll find on the site: A summary of our family story that details our daughter Maggie’s accident in June of 2014 and subsequent recovery. Information on the book 25 Meters to God to be released in August of 2022. Maggie and Tad’s training for Ironman Wisconsin, a race they’ll be competing in together in September of 2022. Our fundraising efforts that will benefit four fantastic charities! You can follow our journey throughout the summer at our website, and on Facebook and Instagram. Please share the site with your friends and family too! We would love to recreate the following we had eight years ago at the time of Maggie’s accident, to tell the world about the book, our fundraising efforts, and to support us in the race. Reach me at tad@25meters.com with any comments or questions, and thanks for following our journey!

By |April 12th, 2022|
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