The Impossible Mile

The Power in Living Life One Step at a Time

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Pub Date 14 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 21 Sep 2021
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An incredible story of Johnny Agar, born with cerebral palsy and whom doctors thought would never walk, overcoming the odds to compete in Ironman triathlons. Featured on ESPN, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and other media outlets, Johnny delivers a moving memoir that is a testament to the power of family, faith, and extraordinary courage.

In The Impossible Mile, told with candor and lightened with humor, Johnny shows what is possible time and time again. His story starts in a Michigan hospital, where he is born eleven weeks premature. An ultrasound reveals bleeding on his brain, and he is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that hinders a person’s ability to control muscle movement. Doctors say he will likely have intellectual disabilities and that he will never walk. Despite the pending challenges, Johnny’s parents choose to raise their firstborn without limitations on his abilities. This decision would forever shape Johnny’s life, his enduring belief in himself and his dreams.

Growing up, Johnny aspires to be an athlete like his father, Jeff, once a professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers organization. Sports was in the young boy’s blood. But how could he become an athlete? He can’t walk unassisted, and his muscles have a mind of their own. To give Johnny a taste of competition, the father and son start participating in 5K road races, Jeff pushing Johnny in a modified wheelchair.

Until one day Johnny has a bold idea. He will chase his dream—literally—of becoming an athlete by walking part of a race. More than just the few steps he has taken in therapy, he decides that to truly become an athlete he needs to go further. Assisted by his father, Johnny trains for his first impossible mile. What he doesn’t know is that his bold idea will do more than change just his life forever.

Johnny’s story shows the impact of a life lived to its fullest, from the first difficult steps in training, to becoming a brand ambassador for global apparel company Under Armour. He now serves as an inspiration for not only other professional athletes, but for anyone facing their own impossible mile. Come walk a mile in Johnny’s shoes, and realize, as Johnny did, you never walk alone, and anything is possible, if you’ll just take on life one step at a time.

An incredible story of Johnny Agar, born with cerebral palsy and whom doctors thought would never walk, overcoming the odds to compete in Ironman triathlons. Featured on ESPN, NBC Nightly News, The...


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Advance Praise

“Johnny Agar is a true inspiration as a person and an athlete. Where most might see nothing but obstacles, he sees nothing but opportunities. Johnny’s commitment to pursuing his dreams and sharing his journey along the way is a tremendous gift to us all.”
—MICHAEL PHELPS, twenty-three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer

“Johnny Agar's life story is an inspiration to me and all who know him. He sees every challenge as an opportunity and his positive attitude and passion, combined with his faith, show us all that nothing is impossible. “
—KIRK COUSINS, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings

“When I won the gold medal with the USA 2018 Women’s Olympic Team, it wasn’t just an individual effort. I was surrounded by fantastic teammates and great coaches, but there were so many others. I had a team behind me; in my family and friends who encouraged me my entire life to work hard, stay determined and taught me how to never give up. In The Impossible Mile, Johnny understands the importance of surrounding himself with a good team. One who will support him, encourage him and be there for him when he falls (literally and figuratively). Johnny’s strength coupled with his determination proves to everyone that barriers can be overcome with the right amount of hard work and great people surrounding you. Johnny may never win a gold medal, but his positive attitude and resilience at failure gives him a spot on the podium in my book!”
—MEGAN KELLER, USA Women’s Hockey Olympic gold medalist

“Johnny Agar is a true inspiration as a person and an athlete. Where most might see nothing but obstacles, he sees nothing but opportunities. Johnny’s commitment to pursuing his dreams and sharing...


Marketing Plan

$20,000 Marketing Budget & National Media Campaign

Over 15K followers across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, plus 400K across TeamAgar

Connections to ESPN, NBC, Ironman Triathlon, Michael Phelps, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Scott Van Pelt, and Justin Verlander, with potential exposure to millions of followers and fans

Hometown Grand Rapids, MI marketing and publicity campaigns

Pre-sale campaign and ARC distribution

$20,000 Marketing Budget & National Media Campaign

Over 15K followers across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, plus 400K across TeamAgar

Connections to ESPN, NBC, Ironman Triathlon, Michael...


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