ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Three friends are competing in an indoor triathlon to raise money for pregnant women facing homelessness and other difficult struggles.
One of those friends is John Meiser, executive director at Hannah's House, the organization for which the men are raising money.
"Usually, it's about 22 weeks to get ready for something like this, but I've had about a month and a half," laughed Chris Pustelak, vice president of operations at Gurley Leep. "So, this could be a little bit discouraging."
It's no task for the weary. A 1.2-mile swim, 56 miles by bike and a 13.1-mile run.
"A lot of this is mental, there is going to be some suffering that day," Meiser said.
The triathlon is raising money for an important organization.
"Hannah's House is an organization that helps women who are pregnant and facing homelessness," Meiser said. "We're all about empowering women. We have a maternity home, a transition home and we have an independent living transition."
It's a mission John's no stranger to.
"I decided to do this a few years ago after a friend of mine died at 14," Meiser said. "We raised $6,000 just on my Facebook page to send kids to church summer camp who wouldn't normally have an opportunity to."
On March 30, John, Chris and one other teammate are participating in the event at the Kroc Center with the hope of raising awareness for Hannah's House.
"Every dollar we raise will go to our bottom line to help the women we serve," Meiser said. "We staff a house 24/7, 365 days a year. It's expensive, but we don't take any government assistance, so we raise every single dollar."
After months of training and countless hours, these two are determined to make a difference.
If you would like to donate to Hannah's House, you can do so by clicking here.