by Carrie Adams
When Sgt. Noah Galloway regained consciousness on Christmas morning in 2005 at Walter Reed Medical Center he was given news that would change his life forever. The then 23 year old was just a few months into his second tour in Iraq when a roadside bomb attack four days earlier nearly killed him; and now he lay in a hospital bed fighting for his life. He’d volunteered to drive the lead vehicle in a convoy that would ultimately drive directly into a death trap, a tripwire rigged to detonate a roadside bomb.
The injuries were devastating. The active and athletic Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee amid other injuries to his face and jaw. The recovery was a long and difficult one, but not only did Galloway recover, he set out to redefine how amputees recover, train, and even compete in endurance challenges. Today, he’s taking on monumental challenges, training like a machine, which is coincidentally his tagline, “Train Like a Machine” and redefining what is possible for disabled veterans.
One of those challenges Galloway is taking on, is the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Spartan Race in Leesburg, VA. But Galloway isn’t coming alone, he’s got a team behind him, Team X-T.R.E.M.E. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. is a non-profit organization with an ongoing mission to Honor, Empower and Motivate our nation’s wounded heroes. Started by Jeremy Soles, a United States Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, the team is known for participating in endurance challenges while donning blacked out gas masks as a symbol of encouragement and inspiration for their fellow wounded brethren and to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s wounded veterans.
Retired Veteran Sgt. Noah Galloway himself will be making a grand entrance to the Festival area in Leesburg, VA. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. tandem master, Mike Elliott will skydive Galloway into the venue on Saturday Aug. 25th at 9:30 am. The Team will then participate in the Spartan Race Hero Heat beginning at 9:45 am. Similar to the mission of Team X-T.R.E.M.E., The Spartan Race Hero Heat is designed to honor, empower and motivate wounded veterans to push beyond physical and mental obstacles through teamwork and perseverance. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. and their Warrior Athletes will don the gas mask on Saturday and to lead the assault. Spartan Race participants and Team X-T.R.E.M.E. welcome wounded warriors from across the nation to join them as they swim, crawl, walk, run, climb and even carry one another across the 8-mile Super Spartan course. To register to be a part of this memorable heat, to be held at 9:45 A.M. Saturday (space is limited) contact Tom@spartanrace.com.
The Team X-T.R.E.M.E. Wounded Warrior Athletes participating in addition to Galloway are United States Marine, Sgt. Jonathan Mozingo, amputee of the left leg below the knee and United States Marine, Cpl. Todd Love, trimembral amputee of both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow. Teamwork and brotherhood will be on tap for the day as the athletes work in unison with Cpl. Todd Love and other wounded heroes to conquer the Mid-Atlantic Spartan Race and triumph over adversity.
Inspired yet? There is still time to register click HERE.
About Team X-T.R.E.M.E. Founder Jeremy Soles: Jeremy Soles is a United States Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. While in the Marine Corps Jeremy served on an anti-terrorim team. Jeremy is a graduate of both FBI SWAT and Sniper schools and has done extensive tactical training for local, municipal, state and federal tactical teams. He has worked as a combat tactics instructor for Naval Special Warfare and SOCOM. In 2009, Jeremy founded Team X-T.R.E.M.E. in the wake of losing his mother to cancer. Today, Jeremy leads Team X-T.R.E.M.E. while contining to work as an independant contractor supporting the global war on terror. Many ask, why the gas mask? His vision was to take an inadtimate object indigenous to all military services and transform it into an anonymous living breathing icon of hope. Jeremy’s vision has evolved into a mission to honor, empower and motivate wounded warriors to overcome insurmountable odds. Together, Jeremy and Team X-T.R.E.M.E. continue their mission with events and programs designed to rehabilitate and inspire wounded warriors to never give up and to live life to the extreme.”
Follow Todd Love on Facebook. Click HERE.