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Exercise spirituality

Chris Owen, Arts ’10, considers triathlons a spiritual exercise.

“Really, what you’re left with is the essence of yourself,” he says. “It’s just you and God. For me, sometimes it takes breaking you down physically to open you up spiritually.”

Owen tried his first “tri” as a freshman, mainly to fight the dreaded “freshman 15”; he went on to found Marquette’s Triathlon Team club. Last October, he finished 20th in the under-24 age group at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

It wouldn’t have been possible without his family.

Though some might not consider moving home after graduation ideal, Owen felt it was his calling. It gave him time to train for the Ironman and explore a wide variety of other interests.

He worked with his mom to start a subsidiary of her estate-planning business and helped a friend found Hosea’s Heart, a charity fighting sex slavery in Swaziland. He also plans to self-publish a business book.

Owen says his diverse interests are tied together by the Jesuit ideal of Ad majorem Dei gloriam, “for the greater glory of God.” He even made it the title of his blog,

“Before Marquette, I didn’t know what AMDG was. I didn’t know what cura personalis was,” he says. “In every way, Marquette changed my life. It’s OK to have a portfolio of passions. Those are all gifts. Those are all dreams that have been entrusted to you by God.” Chris Jenkins


Comment by Mark Caballero at Aug 27 2013 12:48 pm
We are so happy to have had Chris represent MU at Kona!!
If anyone has any interest in joining the team or ordering team clothing, please visit the MU triathlon's facebook page by searching: Triathlon Team of Marquette University and send us a message!!
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