How Kyle Coon’s Personal Hardship Inspired Him to Become an Endurance Athlete and Teach Others to Reach For Their Goals

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Paralympic Athlete Shares His Story of Determination, Grit, and Drive

Picture this; you’re running a marathon, but you can’t see a thing. You’re blind and have been for most of your life, but that hasn’t stopped you from competing in one of the most grueling endurance events known to man. You rely on your guide to keep you safe, but ultimately, it’s your own strength, determination, and sense of purpose that drives you forward.

This is the reality of Kyle Coon, a professional triathlete and endurance athlete who happens to be blind. Through his achievements in the sporting world, Coon has become a role model for those with disabilities and those without, showing that anything is possible with enough grit and determination.

From Hardship to Triumph

Coon lost his sight at the age of six due to cancer, but that never stopped him from pursuing his dreams. He began his sporting journey in high school as a wrestler, and eventually found his way to triathlons after college. In his journey, Coon learned to embrace the challenges life throws his way, and use them to fuel his passion for sports and competition.

Kyle’s story instills inspiration and hope in others. He has faced many challenges, including overcoming cancer twice, but he has never let his disabilities hold him back. Kyle’s book, “Discovering a Life Without Limits,” is a testament to his determination to live life to the fullest, no matter what obstacles he faces. 

Speaker, Mentor, Advocate

When he’s not training, Coon now travels as a motivational speaker, sharing his story with people of all ages. Coon’s message to others is to keep an eye on your vision, both figuratively and literally. He believes that having a clear vision for your life is essential to achieving your goals. 

Coon’s accomplishments in the sporting world are nothing short of remarkable. He’s competed in Ironman triathlons, ultramarathons, and even competed in the Tokyo Paralympics; placing 5th. He uses his talents in motivational speaking and mentorship to inspire those with disabilities, using his platform to inspire others to pursue their own dreams.

At the heart of Coon’s story is his unwavering sense of purpose. Despite his disability, he’s never let anything stand in the way of his dreams. He’s learned to overcome challenges and use them to fuel his passion for sports, competition, and making a positive impact in the world. Coon is determined to pass on a message of perseverance, resilience, and inspiration, and to serve as a reminder that anything is possible with enough determination and drive.

As Coon crosses the finish line of another grueling endurance event, he raises his arms in triumph, knowing that he’s accomplished something truly remarkable. For Coon, the journey is just as important as the destination. His story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the limitless potential we all have within us.

What’s Next?

Coon plans to continue his Paralympic pursuits and hopes to compete in Paris in 2024, as well as continuing to share his story as a motivational speaker. To follow along with Coon’s journey and support his causes, or to contact him for potential speaking engagements, he can be found on his Website and Instagram, and contacted via email;


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