Brief profile: David Goggins

by Duke Magazine

David Goggins is an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, motivational speaker and author.

Goggins started his career pace by applying to join the United States Air Force Pararescue. 

Goggins failed his ASVAB twice before succeeding and entering into ‘The Pipeline’ (Pararescue training).

After three attempts, Goggins succeeded in graduating from BUD/S training with Class 235 in 2001 and was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE. Goggins while in military served in Iraq. Goggins graduated in 2004 from Army Ranger School with the distinction of enlisted “Top Honor Man.”

As an athlete, he has participated in various events such as the Las Vegas Marathon and the Badwater-135 Ultramarathon which has earned him a great success. He was also a participant at the Furnace Creek-508 (ultra-distance invitational cycling race) in 2009.

Goggins competed in a three-day, 320-mile race where he finished on second place after cycling 261 miles in two days on a rented bicycle. Goggins success was applauded as the cycling competition was his debut competitive cycling.

In 2007, Goggins achieved his best finish at the Badwater-135 by placing 3rd overall.

He has been enthusiastically competing with several races that have been putting him on the good course of setting and breaking records on ultramarathon.

In 2008 he was named a “Hero of Running” by Runner’s World.

 Goggins later appeared on the “Today Show” in 2012 to beat 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. 

As a motivational speaker, Goggins travels and speaks to sports teams. He has widely spoken to athletes from professional teams, including the Atlanta Hawks and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as collegiate athletes from the Alabama, Tennessee and Michigan university football programs.

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler, beholding Goggins’ performance at a 24-hour ultramarathon, called and hired Goggins to live with him in his house for a month. Itzler thereafter wrote about his experience on a blog, and which he later published the story with the title “Living With A SEAL”. 

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