VERNAL-- 36 year old Sidney Smith returned to Vernal an Ironman, having completely a seemingly impossible human feat of endurance… as a double amputee.
Smith set the goal 4 years ago when he was in the hospital recovering from a double amputation of both of his legs. Smith was born with a disorder called charcot marie tooth.
“It’s progressive so as I got older it got worse, to the point where they couldn’t do much more for me” said Smith.
Smith spent the last four years learning how to walk again, how to swim without his legs and how to do everyday tasks. He has overcome massive physical limitations to complete 5ks, 10k, sprint triathlons, Olympic triathlons, half ironmans and finally, his ultimate goal of a full Ironman Triathlon.
He set a goal to complete the race in under 17 hours and ended up finishing in around 16 hours and 20 minutes. He was welcomed home to a street full of fans, all celebrating his massive accomplishment. Vernal City Mayor Doug Hammond presented Smith with a “Key to the City” to celebrate his remarkable accomplishment.
Smith says that he does have other big goals to tackle in the future but that in the meantime he plans to be at home with his family and work on his wife’s honey-do list.