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Apple Valley Graduate, Quadriplegic is a Real Ironman Inspiration


Apple Valley Graduate, Quadriplegic is a Real Ironman Inspiration
Published on November 01, 2013Email To Friend    Print Version

by Jen McDonough The
We all need inspiration, encouragement, and motivation. My new ‘Be Inspired’ blog segments we hope will do just that. Hope you enjoy!

I am so proud to introduce you to Joe Stone who is a Minnesota (AppleValley/Lakeville) native that will attempt to make history on November 2, 2013 by becoming the first known wheelchair-using quadriplegic to complete a full IRONMAN Triathlon.  


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As an athlete and avid outdoorsman before his disability, Joe’s challenges – and successes — have already been historic.  On August 12, 2011, less than one year after his accident, Stone became the first-known quadriplegic to bike the challenging Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park.  “When I achieved my goal of finishing that ride, I discovered that my life truly felt limitless again,” said Stone. See his inspiring video Here.

AV_by_kevin_may2.jpgNow, he has his sights set on completing IRONMAN Florida on November 2, 2013, and becoming the first known wheelchair using quadriplegic to complete this grueling race.  The Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. Top able-bodied competitors finish the race in about  9 to 10 hours; Stone estimates his completion will take nearly 14 to 15 hours, and it has to be completed in a maximum of 17 hours. See race results in a few days Here

(right) A few days ago, Joe Stone did some ocean swim training early morning in Panama City Beach, Fla. Photo by Kevin May

Kevin May, founder of Hi-Fly’n Productions, is the director and producer of an upcoming documentary called An Ironman’s Journey that will reveal the entire story behind Stone’s heroic attempt. “Extraordinary people have made history when they accomplished what was previously thought to be impossible,” noted May “ and once a seemingly unachievable barrier is broken, the door is open for others to push even harder, setting still loftier goals.”  May’s view—and a theme both of this film and his production company’s work—is how one generation benefits from the vision and determination of the one preceding it.  “Joe Stone’s courage and tenacity in setting this laudable goal is one of those extraordinary stories that I feel must be told,” he said.

“I want to share my story with the hope that it will inspire others to set goals and sights high, knowing that no matter where they end up, they will never regret having tried and will most likely be surprised at how far they can really go,” said Stone.   “Life truly can be limitless if we release ourselves from perceived limitations.”
To help further his mission, Stone speaks to corporations, groups and organizations around the country, and is establishing The Joe Stone Foundation. This non-profit will offer scholarships and grants, and provide resources and support to others seeking to discover new possibilities in their lives after a challenging life-changing event.

An Ironman’s Journey, to be released in mid 2014, chronicles the uncharted route of Stone’s physical courage, tenacity and optimism.  The story ( witnesses firsthand the struggles and triumphs as he charges headlong into learning how the power of the mind can overcome physical limitations.

Stone currently lives and trains in Missoula, MT. For further information contact Joe Stone [email protected] or 218-310-1649, or Kevin May at [email protected] or 651-260-3965. Click HERE if you are interested in finding out more about the Joe Stone foundation.

Jen McDonough
In today's chaotic world you can find yourself overwhelmed with change, frustrated with where you are in life, or just tired of the obstacles that stand in your way. Be inspired, motivated, and encouraged to discover how to leverage adversity to reach your potential.

~ Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen), Motivational Storyteller, Engaging Author, and Empowering Coach

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