Todd's Birthday Challenge


 The Answer Is...

It's time to find your mission and fulfill it.

We finished & we raised $3796.13 & 30 pounds of toiletries for LHC/MLF!

In less than 42 hours, we 

Biked 42 miles

Ran 42k

Swam 4200 yards

Lifted 4.2 tons

Did 420 crunches

Did 420 push-ups

See the blog for all the details.

Thank you for all your support!! 

A special thanks to chick-fil-a-logo-1.gif




who pushed us over $3500!!



Track our training and the Challenge:

The Answer Is... Blog


Bite-sized Blog:

The Anti-blog Begins (week 1)

Weather-heavy Blog (week 2)

Your (week 3) Cramp-free Blog

Fear and Blogging (week 4)

Birthday Blog (week 5)

Blog-b-gone! (the final week)


 E-mail me


The Answer Is ... Photos


WhatMLF does


Letters announcing the challenge:


Todd's Letter to Others


Other writings about April 20, 2006:

Kristi'sCLS Presentation 

Todd's CLS Thoughts


What music motivates us?  

The Answer Is... Playlists 


I'll be forty-two in June -- I almost didn't make it to forty (see MY STORY below), so my wife and I are celebrating this year in an unusual way.  By indulging our passion for fitness and physical challenge, we hope to pursue our personal passion and conviction for serving the homeless in our community of Austin, Texas.  Through this site, I hope to share with you part of my family's story and encourage you to contribute to a great cause.  In addition, I hope you will discover the passion within you to serve others and follow that passion.


MY STORY:  I've always known that I had an electrical defect in my heart called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.  It's not typically life-threatening, and it didn't cause me any particular problems.  In 2006, as I neared forty, I contemplated the idea of a birthday challenge to raise money for several local charitable organizations, but on April 20, my wife woke up when I hit our bedroom floor at 3:00 a.m.  I was in cardiac arrest as a result of my WPW. Though my wife had no prior CPR training, the 911 operator talked her through 5 minutes of life-saving CPR until the firefighters arrived and continued for the next ten minutes; they also administered 5 shocks from an A.E.D.  When the paramedics arrived, I still had no pulse, but they tried two more shocks.  On the 7th shock, they found a pulse.  I had been unresponsive and without a pulse for 20 minutes.  Miraculously, I recovered completely, and my electrical problem has since been eliminated.  By virtue of this miracle I experienced, I became aware of the need to be much more deliberate in my efforts to be fully authentic and to serve others.  That's what this birthday challenge is about. 


THE CHALLENGE:  In the interest of raising  $4200.00 (or more) for the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) ministry at Lake Hills Church (LHC), my wife and I are undertaking a personal challenge to individually complete the following in under 42 hours:

  •  bike 42 miles
  •  swim 4200 yards
  •  run 42k
  •  lift 4.2 tons
  •  do 420 push-ups
  •  do 420 crunches.

MLF exists to provide food, clothing, and dignity to our brothers and sisters in need in Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Providence, and Nashville.  Here is a video of what MLF does.  LHC, our home church, has recently joined this ministry by purchasing a truck and outfitting a kitchen from which to make nightly truck runs.  In addition to the physical challenges above, my family will do three MLF truck runs on various Saturdays this summer, including my actual birthday.


I hope you might consider a contribution to MLF to recognize our efforts on behalf of the homeless.  

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, please send them to Todd A. Clark at Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge, P.C., P. O. Box 2156 Austin, Texas 78768-2156.  Please make checks payable to Lake Hills Church and put "Mobile Loaves and Fishes" in the memo blank.   

If you'd prefer, please feel free to make a contribution to another organization about which you feel passionate.  I'd love to hear about that if you want to drop me a note.


At a minimum, please consider what you can do to help someone less fortunate than yourself.  Thanks for taking a couple of minutes to consider what we can do together to help others.