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Contact Brad Seng
Brad is an Albion College (Albion, MI) graduate where he was a member of the varsity soccer team and he earned his masters degree in Sports Administration from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Today he is a top notch marathon runner and professional Tri-athlete.
Brad taught high school English and coached soccer at various levels for numerous years. After witnessing firsthand the emotional and physical turmoil his students & athletes were experiencing from their misguided decisions about sexual intimacy, Brad recognized a need to provide today’s youth with a healthy message on dating, love and life. Brad is the former director of a pregnancy care center in metro Detroit and he has spoken to thousands of teens and young adults about the benefits of being physically and emotionally/spiritually “buff”.
With a single Ironman event consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, Brad’s training schedule demands discipline on a daily basis. Just as he trains his body four to eight hours a day, Brad also understands the importance of training his mind and heart in avoiding emotional & spiritual “junk food”. During his talk Brad captivates his audience with a powerful message of being strong to the core in body, mind and spirit. He knows the unhealthy lures being presented to young people and the strength in character required to run the good race.
Message from Brad:
Having raced 19 Ironmans and numerous sprint, Olympic distance and half Ironman events I have witnessed a full spectrum of emotions, attitudes and performances by athletes of all abilities and ages. From the first timers to the seasoned professionals I have seen incredible feats of athleticism and perseverance. What inspires and motivates us to complete rigorous hours of training while investing a significant amount of time, energy and financial resources into our sport? When training goes smoothly and our races unfold as we planned it can be easy to take for granted the opportunities we are given and the gift of good health.
Triathlon provides a unique athletic experience in which we challenge ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. As a Catholic Christian, my faith plays a huge part in what I do while swimming, biking and running and life beyond sport. The hours of training often provide excellent opportunity for prayer and reflection. Additionally, in the midst of pain and suffering during a race or key training session I am able to persevere with eyes of faith knowing I will not be given more than I can handle. This does not mean I simply kick back, go with the flow and have kumbayah moments with fellow competitors.
I do not compromise my competitiveness or desire to be my best while upholding my Christian values. I am responsible for being disciplined with my training, developing a nutrition plan and providing time for rest and recovery. While I use specific products and tactics to get me to the finish line, I am ultimately fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit!