There is no one quite like David Goggins. During a routine medical checkup in 2010, his doctor discovered a birth defect known as artrial septum defect (ASD), or a hole in his heart. Reducing the heart’s functionality to about 75 percent capacity, ASD would prevent sufferers from doing activities such as scuba diving or anything at high altitude. So you might be surprised to learn that prior to his diagnosis, Goggins had already completed SEAL training, Army Ranger School, and Air Force tactical air controller training.
In 2001, he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL (BUD/S) training. In 2004, Goggins graduated from Army Ranger School with the distinction of enlisted “Top Honor Man.” He had operational assignments with SEAL Team FIVE, based in Coronado, California, with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He also served as a close quarters combat instructor and land warfare instructor.
In November, 2005, Goggins received the tragic news of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that was carrying six of his fellow SEALs who were killed in action. This devastating accident sparked Goggins to participate in extreme Ultra Running events. Goggins ran to raise money for the families of his fallen comrades and to honor their warrior spirits.
The more you learn about David Goggins, the more you can’t help but be amazed at his absolute endurance and unflinching desire to simply keep going.
He is now considered to be one of the greatest endurance athletes in the country. In less than four years, Goggins completed more than 30 endurance races. These sporting events include multiple ultra-marathons, triathlons, ultra-triathlons, bike races, and arduous mountain ascents. He routinely sets course records and regularly places in the top five.
Goggins is passionately positive. His message is one of overcoming diversity and pushing yourself to the limit and beyond. Goggin’s spirit, honesty, personal accountability and winning attitude are just some of the traits that make him a man we can all look up to and admire.