an image John Morgan of Grand Prairie put his running shoes away for 16 years after enduring a stress fracture his freshman year at college as a hurdler on the Arizona State University track team. Five years ago, he decided to train for his first marathon. After finding his running passion again after all those years, he entered in any race he could sign up for, from 5ks to ultra marathons.

Four years ago, he tried his first triathlon and loved the thrill of combining three sports into one great race. While taking 2010 off from competing due to caring for his Mom who he lost to a short battle with brain cancer, he put together a list of new goals and “bucket lists.” One was to run the Boston Marathon this April, which he qualified for in the White Rock Marathon last December with a time of 3:01. The other was to compete in his first Ironman, which he did last May at Ironman Texas, with a time of 10 hours and 20 minutes. This earned him a qualifying slot for the World Championship Ironman in Hawaii in October, which he finished in 10 hours and 27 minutes.

2011 was John’s first year ever training year round. He was first in his age group in the Cowtown half marathon in February with a time of 1:24. He was the masters winner in the Waco Olympic Tri in July. He took third place overall and masters winner at the Old College Tri in Denton in September. Then he finished first in his age group and sixth place overall at the Prairieman Half Ironman in September, with a time of 4 hours and 44 minutes.

An airline pilot originally from Los Altos Hills, California, John is supported by his wife, Aly, a registered nurse who cheers louder than any spectator out on the race courses and gives him daily massages for recovery. He enjoys spending his time off with his two children, McKenzie, 8, and Chase 6.

John looks to build on last year and has goals of faster finishes in 2012. He hopes to qualify for the Ironman World Championship again as well as the 70.3 Ironman World Championship.