Adam Popp // Para-triathlon
Motto: “Every day is an opportunity to better yourself”
Paratriathlete Adam Popp is driven to push himself past perceived limits. In 2007, Adam was injured by an IED in Afghanistan, resulting in the amputation of his right leg above the knee. At the time he was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader and a 12-year combat veteran of the U.S. Air Force with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Eight years after losing his leg Adam felt ready to attempt running again, and in December 2015, Adam became the first above-knee amputee to complete a 100-mile ultramarathon within the 30-hour cutoff. He placed 2nd at the 2017 Boston Marathon in the Mobility Impaired division and was the 1st amputee to finish the race. Also in 2017, Adam placed in four ITU and USAT paratriathlon events, including earning a silver medal at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships. Adam plans to focus on paratriathlon in 2018, although he will find time for at least one ultramarathon, and to finish his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at George Washington University.