Enthusiasts familiar with the world of off-road racing would likely agree that the Dakar Rally is perhaps the most grueling automotive endurance race that a human and a vehicle can subject themselves to.
Completing this 6,000 mile, 15-day competition that spans some of the roughest terrain and harshest environments on the planet is a monumental achievement. To do so as part of a team of disabled veterans is miraculous. The team had a motto, “beyond injury – achieving the extraordinary” and their accomplishments were nothing short of that. Starting with a handful of disabled servicemen, the team grew to 28 total people, complete with support vehicles. The team also received support from Land Rover and the Royal Family, which came in the form of an Endeavor Fund set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (that’s William and Kate for you Yankees).
Perhaps the most inspiring element of this incredible story is the motive behind the competition. The group wished to show others with disabilities that physical impairments should not be allowed to limit one’s achievements. To that end, the Race2Recovery team used the trip to raise funds for the Tedworth House, a recovery center for wounded servicemen and women.
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