We know fitness. Our team, led by our founder, ultra-endurance athlete Nick Irons, have been writing training plans for more than 20 years. We have prepared people for trips as challenging as the Mt. Everest Base Camp or Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. Our travelers have hiked in Alaska, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. They have walked, hiked, or biked destinations such as Egypt, Petra (in Jordan), Turkey, Spain, Portugal among others. We have worked with hikers, cyclists, skiers, open-water swimmers, marathon runners, and average people.
Nick is an author, ultra-endurance athlete, and strength and conditioning coach. Nick made national headlines when he became the first person in 70 years to swim the length of the Mississippi River and the first to swim it with the locks and dams of its "modern" form.
His historic swim began when he jumped into the 56-degree water of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and took the first of more than a million strokes that pushed him down the longest river in North America. After swimming 1,550 miles, he completed his dream four months later in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His swim was featured on hundreds of local, national and international media including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.
Nick didn't just do his swim for the challenge or the glory; but to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) research. His dad lives with the disease.
Nick followed up his swim with a 10,000-mile bike ride around the perimeter of the United States, also to benefit multiple sclerosis research. The trip took him from Washington, DC to Florida, across the US to San Diego, up the west coast to Seattle, across the northern United States to New York. He finished his ride 5 months later back home in DC. The two events raised over $500,000 for research and brought months of invaluable national awareness to the disease.
Nick became an award-winning author with his book Swim Lessons: Ten Secrets for Making Any Dream Come True. And he was
the subject of the award-winning documentary Swim Lessons: The Nick Irons story.
Nick is now the owner of Irons Fitness, a personal training studio in downtown Bethesda, Md.
If there is one thread that has run through all of Nick’s endeavors and events, it is this….Nick wants to help others make their dreams come true.
Based on decades of experience helping make people’s vacation dreams come true, Brian knows there are many factors that go into a successful vacation. With his combination of career experiences including airlines, tours operations, travel agency and destination management, he has first-hand experience seeing what can make or break a vacation. He knows the value of being prepared and, he understands and shares Nick’s passion for the role Irons Active can have.
Brian is a former college athlete and continues to be a competitive golfer at the local and state level.