Turia Pitt is an inspiration.

That certainly isn’t breaking news for anyone who has heard her story, but it needed to be said. 

Regardless of what life throws at her, Pitt somehow manages to not only survive but thrive and motivate others as well. 

Five years ago Pitt suffered severe burns to over 65% of her body when she was caught in a bushfire while competing in an Ultramarathon in the Kimberley region of West Australia. 

Doctors told her she would never run again. 


To say she proved them wrong is an understatement. 

For on May 1 the athlete and motivational speaker is set to participate in a 226km Ironman Triathalon. 

Now 28-years-old, she will swim 3.8km, ride a bike for 180km and run 42.2km in Port Macquarie. 

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Instead of feeling defeated after her accident, Pitt says the moment doctors told her she would never run again was actually the greatest motivation. 


“[It was] like a light was switched on in my head’, The Daily Telegraph reported.

“I thought “I’ll show you, I’m going to do an Ironman one day.”

Hecticest ride ever.

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Showing just how big a feat that is, Turia admits she had not even completed an Ironman race before her injuries. 

It’s certainly not a commitment she’s taking lightly, with her Instagram feed filled with photos of her training for the three legged event. 


In the recent Challenge Australia triathalon, Pitt even came fourth in her age group. 

But nothing compares to the Ironman main event. 

We can’t wait to see how she goes. 

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