Triple amputee veteran completes grueling 10.5 mile endurance race called The Beast over five-hours to honor fallen U.S. soldiersCompleted the circuit with 75 obstacles over the weekendAs part of an eight man team raising awareness for injured and deceased U.S. servicemen and women
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.
Having lost both his legs and an arm in Afghanistan in 2010, this weekend 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.
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 honoured their ongoing mission to raise awareness of the nation”s wounded heroes.
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Strength: Triple amputee and Marine Corporal Todd Love makes his way to the finish line of The Beast event of the Spartan Race
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 Team dons gas masks as a way to symbolise perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds,” said Jeremy Soles, Founder of Team Team X-T.R.E.M.E.
Marine Corporal Todd Love completed the 10.5 mile race in a little over five hours as he and his colleagues at Team X.T.R.E.M.E. competed for the honor of their fallen comrades
“Our challenges in the mask last for hours, our Wounded Warriors endure their challenges for a lifetime.”
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.
“I am pretty surprised with how much attention I”ve got in the last 24 hours,” said 22-year-old Love.
“I have been trying to keep up with it and I just want to thank everyone that has been with me since the beginning.
“I will try to keep up the adventures (safely) and inspiration.
“I will promise I will never let what I can”t do interfere with what I can do.”
Unable to complete every one of the 75 obstacles on his own, the members of Team X.T.R.E.M.E. help Cpl. Love over a wall (left) while he pulls himself up (right)
Todd Love (left in bed) stood on a landmine while serving in Afghanistan and is visited here by friends while recovering in Maryland
Leesburg is usually reserved for horse-racing, but on the wet and muddy course Team X-T.R.E.M.E. mostly carried Love around, but the former serviceman did conquer obstacles himself – including one heroic solo hill climb at the halfway point.
One of the mantra”s of the team is to never leave anyone behind and throughout The Beast, each event had to be completed by all eight members before they moved on.
The race is designed to push all the participants to their limit, mentally and physically and the fact that a man with no legs and only one arm managed to complete all 10.5 miles and 75 obstacles has inspired millions.
Marine Cpl. Todd Simpson of Acworth, Georgia is a third generation marine.
In addition to his endurance sports, Cpl. Love enjoys skydiving and skiing with a specially modified device
When Cpl. Love is not involved in an iron man competitions, skiing, surfing, or skydiving, he wrestles alligators in Florida
On his return home five months after his accident, the triple amputee was treated like a hero by his family and hundreds of well-wishers.
He said “I don”t know what to say right now.Thank you so much. It”s nice to be home. I love y”all.”
At Dallas Park, Love even joked about his injury. He said: “I was up front with the minesweepers searching for explosives and I found them. I guess that’s the easiest way to put it.
“I”m still the same man.I was a boy when I left, but now I”m man. I haven”t lost anything in my eyes.”
Since the incident, Love has been recovering at the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He”s been in outpatient rehabilitation and helped by his brother Brandon.
Cpl. Love has decided not to become a victim of his injuries and travels the world charity fund raising – experiencing new extreme sports for his fellow injured veterans
As part of his rehabilitation he learned to play Bach on the piano with one hand and no legs
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.
Touchingly, the injured veteran has also learned to play piano, displaying his skills at performing Bach on a YouTube video.
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