Pete "Blind Pete" Cossaboon
Powder Springs, GA
Event: World's Toughest Mudder
Date: November 11-12, 2016
"When I was 16 years old, I decided that I wanted to be a high school history teacher. After losing a significant amount of my sight, this wasn’t as viable of a career choice anymore. I later worked at an exhibition where I lead walking tours through everyday situations, in complete darkness."
I am 44 years old, completely blind, and I run obstacle course races. I am able to do this with the help of a person guiding me. I have completed nearly 50 OCRs including: Warrior Dash, Savage Race, and Spartan Race.
In general, I want to experience life in as many ways as possible. Obstacle course racing has provided some of the greatest experiences that I have had so far in life. These races have offered me many unique challenges, allowed me to travel more then I have ever before, and I have met and become friends with some of the most extraordinary people. I am also able to show others that despite my situation, it is possible to live a full and active life. This is my Why.
It Takes a Village
Joey McGlamory is my personal trainer and primary guide for races. He works with me to help build my endurance and speed, off course. I also train at the OCR King Compound, where I work on trail running and obstacle completion. Some of the races and events that I have completed also help with my training. These include: Spartan Summer Agoge, Spartan Killington Beast, Spartan Winter Green super and Sprint, and Spartan Tahoe Beast.
#liveforaliving in motion
If money wasn't an object, what would I change?
When I was 16 years old, I decided that I wanted to be a high school history teacher. After losing a significant amount of my sight, this wasn’t as viable of a career choice anymore. I later worked at an exhibition where I lead walking tours through everyday situations, in complete darkness. This was a very rewarding opportunity for me. The exhibition is no longer open, however, I would like to re-establish it. My experience from the original exhibition, as well as from obstacle course racing, has taught me a great deal about how to live without sight. I would be teaching, running my own business, and continue experiencing life.
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