On May 27, 2016 pro endurance athlete Colin O’Brady completed the Explorers Grand Slam in a world record shattering 139 days. Colin climbed the Seven Summits and skied the last degree to the North and South Poles, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds to inspire active, healthy kids in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
  • It’s been a busy week. Hawaii to Baltimore to Portland, and back to NYC end of the week. 4 speaking engagements in 5 days across 5 time zones. I love all of the travel. However it’s always a little better when you are above the clouds on a mountain rather than a plane. .
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  • Winter is coming!!! ❄️ First day of the season playing up in the snow on Mount Hood. .
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  • Turn on sound to hear me gasp for air climbing the fixed ropes up the Lhotse face. #TBT to climbing Everest. Here I am between camp 2 and camp 3 at about 23,000ft. Rocks in the left of the shot are the summit ridge. It’s looks so close from this perspective, but the top of the world is still many days struggle from here.

#Everest #nepal #himalayas #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I'm ramping up the training for some big endurance challenges in 2018. This was from a 10 miler on the Oregon coast a couple days ago. I just landed in Chicago, the city where I began my professional athletic career back in 2009. If you happen to be in Chicago tomorrow, come by the @TMobile Store on Michigan Ave at either 12PM or 5PM and I’ll teach you how I get things done with the toughest phone yet, the @SamsungMobileUS Galaxy S8 Active. RSVP at bit.ly/techtalkthursdaysCHI

#outside #run #beach #oregon #chicago #samsung #endurance #grit #running #training #goals #getoutside #activelife
  • Nothing like a little Oregon Coast surf session to work off that turkey feast from last night. I'm blessed to call this beautiful place home. A short hike through an old growth forest to find some waves to play in...yes please!! Rain or shine we're always having fun out here in Oregon. I hope all of the US folks had an amazing holiday and found time to express thanks and gratitude to your loved ones, and for the non Americans out there I hope you are having a week full of fun and advenuture. Happy Thanksgiving.
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  • Playtime in the desert 🌵. Blue skies, amazing friends, and climbing around on the incredible rock formations in Joshua Tree = a perfect way to spend the weekend! .
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#joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #palmsprings #desert
  • Happy Monday. Hope everyone has an adventurous week of some kind. Find a way to step out of your comfort zone.
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  • #TBT Thrownback Thursday to wandering around in the Andes. I climbed Aconcagua alone,  and at at the time it was the highest altitude I have ever reached (22,841ft), being the tallest mountain in South America. When we we face our fears and try things we’ve never done before, we reach new heights (in this case quite literally). There were tears of joy on this summit as I looked down on the Andes all alone up top, feeling like anything is possible.
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  • Suit and tie, not my typical outfit...haha! A couple weeks ago I accepted the challenge from @the100mileman to come out and climb “Mt. Everest” in Stratton, VT, @29029_everesting . 17 laps of the ski mountain equaled 29029ft (The same elevation as Everest from sea level). It was an incredible experience. Check out the podcast where we recap the experience we had and the amazing people that Jesse brought together to challenge themselves (https://www.theinvestorspodcast.com/episodes/jesse-itzler-29029-colin-obrady-everest/). This was not a race, rather “you against you,” a personal challenge and a shared experience of people pushing beyond their perceived limits together. The growth happens beyond the comfort zone...
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BIOGRAPHY

Colin O’Brady was born in Olympia, Washington on March 16, 1985. The son of an Eagle Scout, Colin spent his childhood exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest with his family. He learned about healthy living from his father, an organic farmer, and from his mother and stepfather, co-founders of a local, natural foods grocery chain.

Through passion, dedication, and hard work, Colin grew into a youth sports star. He won Oregon State Championships and received national honors in both swimming and soccer. Colin was recruited to swim at Yale University where he swam all four years.

During his time in college, Colin took a leave of absence to pursue a semester-long course with the National Outdoors Leadership School, mountaineering and kayaking in remote Patagonia, Chile. Later, while studying African economic development in college, he traveled to Tanzania, where he caught a glimpse of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. That day, a dream was born: to climb the Seven Summits.

In 2006, Colin graduated from Yale with a BA in economics. The day after graduation, he embarked on a 4000-mile cycling journey from Connecticut to Oregon, with the aim to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

Before beginning his career in finance, Colin left to explore the world on a backpacking trip. While in Thailand, Colin suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned in a fire. His injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet.

Doctors warned him he might never walk again normally, but Colin was determined to beat the odds. He focused not only on walking again, but set himself a goal: to complete a triathlon following his recovery. A mere 18 months after his accident while working as a trader in Chicago, Colin amazed the racing world when he placed first overall amateur at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.

His victory in triathlon sparked a new path. Colin turned pro, and fulfilled his childhood dream of being a professional athlete. Over the last five years, he has represented the United States in triathlon competitions in 22 countries and on six continents. Meanwhile, the distant peaks still called to him: Colin finally summited Mount Kilimanjaro following a race in East Africa, and climbed Mount Fuji after racing in Japan.

Colin’s whole life has led him to the Explorers Grand Slam. In 2015, in addition to competing on the grueling Ironman circuit, Colin will cross-train in the mountains in preparation for a record-breaking performance. In 2016, Colin will attempt to become the fastest person ever to conquer the Explorers Grand Slam.

Colin’s active, healthy childhood laid the foundation for his success as an elite athlete today. He knows that he was fortunate to be exposed to healthy principles as a youth, and he hopes his record-breaking performance will inspire children to lead healthy lives and pursue their goals. BEYOND 7/2 aims to raise funds and awareness to support programs that work to eliminate childhood obesity and promote active, healthy lifestyles.

“I’ve worked my whole life in pursuit of excellence in sport and health. I am excited to create a visible platform with BEYOND 7/2, to give back and inspire the next generation to dream big and succeed through dedication to healthy life choices.” – Colin