This weekend British Army veteran and triple amputee Josh Boggi and a team of wounded, injured and sick service personnel are setting of on Race Across America (RAAM).
The race consists of a 3,081 mile race from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, crossing twelve states and climbing in excess of 170 thousand feet.
Josh Boggi, an ex-Royal Engineer who broke his back, lost both his legs and had to have his right hand amputated when he stepped on an IED on New Year’s Eve in 2010, is one of the members of the team. He spoke to #HatchAndGeere about the moment that changed his life forever:
"I remember the whole incident... from being injured, to guys putting tourniquets on, to being put on the back of a helicopter shouting "airborne" off the back, a doctor being in my face... The MERT came in, within half an hour of being injured I was back in Camp Bastion within that "Golden Hour"..."
"If you've been injured or wounded, as long as you're back in Bastion within an hour you've got a 90% chance of survival so it's unreal."
Josh is looking forward to the challenge and believes that an Armed Forces team may have an advantage as they know how to work as a unit.
"It's working together to achieve a goal and that's what the RAAM is to me. It's not about how quickly we do it in, yes I want to smash this record but it's all about being in that small group of eight guys again."
The team of eight are taking on the RAAM challenge to raise money for Help For Heroes. You can donate via their JustGiving page.
The race starts on 17th June in Oceanside, California.