David Goggins

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Goggins in May 2008

David Goggins (born 1975) is a Navy SEAL and former Tactical Air Control Party member TACP who served in Afghanistan and is an ultramarathon runner. After several of his friends died in Afghanistan, Goggins began long-distance running to raise money. In 2005, Goggins entered the 24 hour race in San Diego and was able to run 100 miles in under 19 hours, despite never having run a marathon before. Since then, Goggins has competed in many different long distance running events such as the Las Vegas Marathon and the Badwater 135 miler, where he placed highly. By November, 2008, Goggins had raised $200,000 for the soldiers' families.

In 2008 he was named a "Hero of Running" by Runner's World.[1]

In 2012, David took on the challenge of beating the world record for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours, the main aim of the challenge was to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. After 6 hours and 30 minutes in, David had completed 2011 pullups (halfway to the record). By 9:15 pm, after 13.5 hours David completed pull-up 2588. He had been in considerable pain for hours as a severe bulge burst through the skin of his right wrist. A medical x-ray at 10:30pm confirmed a right extensor polycis complex partial tear. The pull-up bar David used for the Guinness challenge was poorly designed. David used a totally different bar during the months of training prior to this event. Despite not beating the record Goggins managed to raise more than $20,000 for his chosen charity.

On November 27, 2012, he completed 3,207 pull-ups in 12 hours, but had to stop due to an injury in his right palm. On January 20, 2013, in Brentwood, TN, David broke the world record for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours. He completed 4,025 pull-ups in 17 hours, and set a new world record. It was David's third attempt at breaking the record.


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