Eric’s roots are from the Mon-Valley which is just south of Pittsburgh. Eric earned a mechanical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy and served our country as Captain in the United States Marine Corps. In Belle Vernon High School, Eric was Mr. Sports, from baseball to football. At the Naval Academy it was rugby.
It was while being deployed during his third tour of duty, Eric’s life changed. In the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Eric stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a direct result, Eric suffered the amputation of his right leg below his knee. It was this life-changing event that began his next journey.
After being fitted with a prosthesis and learning how to walk again, Eric challenged himself. Faced with a physical challenge and certainly an unknown future, Eric made a promise to himself to compete in endurance activities. Within a year of being fitted with his new prosthesis, Eric completed three triathlons and a marathon.
Eric is also a major supporter of the Challenged Athlete Foundation. An organization whose mission is “to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.”
Since making that commitment to himself, Eric has gone on to compete in several marathons, numerous triathlons and half IRONMAN events as well as several full IRONMAN. His most notably and memorable so far was when he crossed the finish line at the Ironman World Championship race at Kona, Hawaii.
When not training, racing and delivering inspiration, Eric can be found at home with his wife Rachel and two daughters in San Diego, California.
His newest goal is to be the fastest amputee Ironman ever. Those who know Eric, know he is up for the challenge. But given his many labels, we won’t be surprised by any direction the challenges in front of him might lead.
We are thrilled to have Eric McElvenny on our team of Elite Ambassadors!