Chris Lieto is the fastest American Ironman and a true icon in the world of tri-athletes. He entered the sport as a former college water polo player after watching the Ironman Hawaii World Championship on TV in 1997. Since then, the California native has completed more than 80 triathlons, secured three Ironman wins, and three top-10 finishes at the World Championships in Hawaii including his second place ranking in 2009. Most recently, Chris won the Kansas and Buffalo Springs 70.3 races.
This year, Chris Lieto has his eyes set on first place at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, but he is racing for more than himself. Through his program More Than Sport, powered by World Vision, Lieto challenges fellow athletes and fans to be ambassadors of positive change in the lives of children in need around the world through child sponsorship.
“When I’m racing for kids, it’s like I’m racing for a team,” says Lieto. “When you are racing for somebody in need, it’s that extra little push.”
The Partnership: World Vision provides hope and care to approximately 100 million people living in poverty in nearly 100 countries including the United States. Close to 1 million people in the nation sponsor a child through World Vision but Chris Lieto is determined to see this number rise. The $35 per month sponsorship commitment helps provide children and their community’s access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, educational opportunities and more.
The Goal: Lieto’s ultimate goal is to find a child sponsor for each of the 141 miles he completes during the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 9th of this year. Finding sponsors for 141 children means forever changing the lives of children and their families around the world. Chris is engaging the general sports community as well as those involved in Ironman and triathlon competitions in an effort to equip athletes and fans to do More Than Sport, and help kids in need.