Welcome to My Rally Campaign
GOAL: Raise funding to assist with the fees associated in participating in events while bringing awareness to Adaptive Athletes, Obstacle Course Racing and Endurance Events! Making better humans!
MISSION: Touch every life possible on and off the course! Share the messages of grit, resiliency, dedication, courage and humanity.
- My name is Matthew Pietro and I am an avid obstacle course racer. I have traveled all over America, from Boston to Utah, to race. I have participated in races ranging from 3 to 100 miles, sometimes over a 60 hour period depending on the type of event. I am a 31 year old United States Marine Corps Veteran and an above knee amputee. I started racing in 2014 and since then have competed in all of my races on my forearm crutches.
- Why do I race? I race because of my passion for spreading adaptability awareness. I thrive on inspiring and motivating anyone who I can impact while crushing all the walls in my way. To me, there is no other option when in the face of total adversity. I have a desire to make better humans.
Why I'm Raising Funds
- Along with my brothers and sisters in the sport of OCR , my goal is to bring awareness to the sport of obstacle racing and the positive impact that adaptive athletes have while on the course. Flooding the trails with positive images of our military veterans is also a very important part of the mission. Any contributions that I receive will assist in the cost of travel, required course gear, and adaptive gear required to race safely.
How I Got Here
- After a year of losing weight and training to get in shape after my limb loss, I started racing. In 2014, I participated in a 3 mile Spartan Sprint at Fenway in Boston. In 2015, I completed my first Spartan Trifecta. This incuded a Sprint, a Super (an 8 mile race) and then a Beast (an 11 mile race). I have also completed the 60 hour Agoge which is a survival and endurance based obstacle event in the mountains of Vermont, a sprint in Maryland and a Super in the state of Utah (my toughest race yet). I am going to be crushing a 12 hour Hurricane Heat in New Jersey and another Sprint and Super race in Georgia. I will then start training for a 60 hour Agoge enurance event in the mountains of Vermont in February for the Winter version of my previous Summer Agoge.
- The biggest obstacle for me is not always on the race course. Living life as an amputee without the use of a prosthetic limb can be just as challenging. I am in the process of getting fitted for a prosthetic limb, but until I receive it, I will continue crutching my way over hundreds of miles. I do this not only for myself, but in order to inspire and show people of all ages that it is not the physical form of a person that will allow them to achieve and reach higher then their goals and dreams. It is their heart, their will, and their determination that will rise them above there own flaws and weaknesses, no matter how impossible the task, struggle, or obstacle they might face in life.
- I would like to thank Spartan Race for allowing me to not only grow personallly and physically but for providing me with a large stage to thrive in my sport. Spartan has given me every opportunity to endure and take on many obstacles. Spartan has given me a pipeline into being able to meet other adaptive athletes and create long lasting friendships with people whom I consider my family. I would be remiss if I didn't thank organaizations such as Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW), More Heart Than Scars (MHTS) and Warrior State of Mind (WSOM) for what they do for all of our athletes. Their missions collide in keeping us all active and in helping them to not only complete there own goals, but to also spread motivation, inspiration, and support that defines great Americans. If it wasnt for these groups and events, I would be truly leading a different life that I am blessed to be living now.
- I would like to thank ALL of those who have believed in me and my mission, as I try to change the definition of impossible. People such as Earl Granville, Todd and Amanda Love, Mark and Carrie Peterson, Zackary and Wendy Paben, Corey and Tiffany Christenson, Scott and Brooke Daley and all of the fellow adaptive atheltes and supporters who I have come to know and love. A special thank you to Erica Walker for continuously trying to help me get my message out, for sticking by my side from the first moment we met, and for believing in me.
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