Who is David Goggins?
David Goggins is a retired United States Navy SEAL member. He is also a former United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member. He served in the Iraq war.
Apart from having an inspiring military career, he is also an ultra-distance cyclist, ultramarathon runner, triathlete, motivational speaker, and author. He also shared a self-help memoir book in 2018. It was named “Can’t Hurt Me”.
An accomplished endurance athlete, Goggins has completed over 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. He once held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours, and he’s a sought after public speaker.
Having a strong desire to help the children of the fallen special operations soldiers, David Goggins began to train himself for long-distance running with the target of raising money to open a foundation that will give scholarships and grants to the fallen operations soldiers’ children. He called it the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He raised more than $2 million after contesting in endurance challenges, including the Badwater Ultramarathon that he participated in three times.
Before any of these achievements, though, Goggins made $1,000 a month working as an exterminator and living paycheck-to-paycheck. He was also out of shape, weighing nearly 300 pounds.
|Born||February 17, 1975|
|Profession||Ultra-Distance Cyclist, Motivational Speaker, Ultramarathon Runner, Triathlete, Author|
|Country||Buffalo, New York, US|
6ft 2 in
|Eye Color||Light Brown|
|Net Worth||$2.5 Million|
What is David Goggins famous for?
- Goggins had originally applied for the United States Air Force Pararescue and got in after his third attempt. During training, Goggins was diagnosed with sickle cell trait. Upon his return after a week, he was asked by his commander to do it anew, to which he refused and went on to join TACP. Goggins served as a member of the TACP from 1994 until 1999.
- After his third attempt, Goggins completed his BUD/S training in 2001 and was allocated to Team Five of SEAL.
- Goggins ran his first ultramarathon in San Diego for 19 hours and 6 minutes and covered 101 miles. Within two years, Goggins earned himself a spot among the top 20 ultramarathon runners of the world. Gobbins ran the ultramarathon, Moab 240 in 2020 and was placed second. He covered a distance of 241 miles in 63 hours and 21 minutes.
- Goggins is also a motivational speaker. He has spoken to several sports team and athletes of several professional teams like the Atlanta Hawks and many others. Living With a SEAL is a book by Jesse Itzler in which he has put down his experience of living with Goggins for a month.
What keeps David Goggins fit?
- David Goggins was diagnosed with health issues like asthma and obesity. But his inspiring weight loss journey has been an example for several people over the years.
- After Goggins’s fourth year in the US Airforce, he was informed that he was way too unfit to get through the SEAL training as he was approximately 300 pounds back then. Goggins did not even take three complete months to lose his poundage and came back weighing around 190 pounds.
- For running an ultramarathon for a charity, in 2005, Goggin’s again lost 103 pounds in eight months. Runner’s World called him a hero of the sport in 2008.
- Goggins, in 2013, has also made his place in the Guinness Book of World Record for 24Hours pullup.
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- David Goggins, currently single, had married Aleeza Goggins in the year 2005. The couple got divorced in 2012.
- David Goggins’s net worth is estimated to be $2.5 Million.
- David Goggins had faced racism earlier in his life.
- Goggins was also diagnosed with ASD in 2010, following which he went into surgery to mend his heart.
- Goggins started running for long distances to raise money for a foundation known as Special Operations Warrior Foundation after losing a number of his friends in the 2005 Afghanistan helicopter crash in Operation Red Wings.