Triple amputee veteran completes grueling 10.5 mile SPARTAN endurance race

Eric Sof

Covered in mud, five hours after starting, triple amputee Corporal Todd Love charges to the finish line after competing over ten miles of rugged terrain across 75 obstacles in an event called The Beast. The event occurred in 2012 but still inspiring millions of people worldwide.

Having lost both his legs and an arm in Afghanistan in 2010, only two years after incident Love took to Leesburg, Virginia, in an extreme endurance test called The Spartan Race with his eight-man other comrades of Team X.T.R.E.M.E.

As part of an eight-man team raising awareness for injured and deceased U.S. servicemen and women

Made up of wounded servicemen and women, the team helped Love scale eight-foot high walls, speed along high-wires, crawl through mud and bound across the ground as they honored their ongoing mission to raise awareness of the nation’s wounded heroes.


Purposefully wearing a mask and visor to restrict his breathing by up to 30-percent – thereby making it more difficult to complete the event – Love who now weighs only 100-pounds after stepping on a landmine – struggled to compete the event. 

The picture of Love drenched and bravely struggling to the finish has been seen by millions on the Internet and has become an inspiration to the able-bodied as well as those who have been injured serving their country.

An extreme sports enthusiast, Love has gone skiing in Pennsylvania and Colorado three times since losing his legs, using adapted skis. He has refused to let his injuries prevent him from living his life to the fullest of his abilities. In addition to the skiing, Love has participated in skydiving and surfing in Hawaii and even wrestled a 400-pound alligator in Florida.

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