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Peter "Blind Pete" Cossaboon / Smyrna, Georgia

Adaptive Athlete

Peter is well known in the world of obstacle course racing. Peter races and he happens to also be visually impaired. Peter has a tenacious passion for completing in some of the toughest obstacle races in the world, with his guide running alongside him. His race portfolio is extensive including the Spartan Super, the Spartan Sprint, the Spartan AGOGE, Tough Mudders, the Savage Race, and more. He has qualified for the Spartan World Championship and the Obstacle Course Racing World Championship. Pete is also involved in various organizations, some focused on returning wounded veterans, he is sponsored by Asea, Longevity Fitness, The Original Warrior Pack, Legend Bourne, and Burst Energy Gel. Peter Cossaboon often goes by the name “Blind Pete.” He also raises awareness for the visually impaired community and we talk about some of the things he works on in this realm.

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Justin Falls / Gastonia, North Carolina

Pilot / Adaptive Athlete

I consider myself to be a well-rounded person with a huge desire to live life to the fullest. For me, life is a gift and a challenge. Sustaining a paralyzing neck injury and facing my own mortality has given me a radically new perspective on life and has even made me a better person in some ways. It's been an enormous challenge finishing school and becoming independent and happy again, but the struggles I've faced along the way have helped to shape me into the person I am today.

My injury has made me realize that bad things happen to everyone--big, small, rich, or poor--and people all across the world deal with horrible tragedies every day. Life is short and doesn't play by anyone's rules. The main thing to remember is that no matter what course life takes, keep a positive attitude and never lose hope. Never say "I can't" until you've given your best.