A Plainfield Park District manager participated in his fourth Ironman triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend to raise money for a nonprofit that brings clean water to African communities.
Mike Brouillard, the district’s division manager for parks, will trek for 140.6 miles, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon, according to a news release.
Brouillard, now in his 50s, was researching a New Year’s resolution for 2016 when he came across the nonprofit World Vision and wanted to help. Every $50 raised is enough to cover the cost of providing fresh water to one person for life. He had never competed in a triathlon before 2016. He had to learn how to swim competitively and even recruited his dad to help him learn to ride a bike again.
Brouillard said he did have some setbacks. During his first year of training, he broke his foot and didn’t meet the time requirement during the bike portion. He said he continues to train, and has a goal help 2,000 people.