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#MyTri: Kyle Coon Hoping to Inspire Other Blind Athletes

"Cancer took my site, blindness gave me vision and adventure/triathlon lets me live!"

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Kyle Coon 
Age: 25
Location: Carbondale, Colo.
In three words: Blind, cancer, adventure

Cancer took my site, blindness gave me vision and adventure/triathlon lets me live! After losing my sight at age six to a rare form of eye cancer, I pursued a life of adventure. I was a competitive rock climber, downhill skier and climbed mountains around the world–including mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. After graduating from college though I struggled finding what it was I was supposed to do. I could not find full-time employment and stress of life quickly piled up on me. That was, until I found running and eventually triathlon. In 2015, I completed five triathlons including Augusta 70.3. Then in 2016 I raced in five more triathlons including Ironman Boulder 140.6.  I want to help grow the sport of triathlon, especially in the blind and visually impaired community. With this goal in mind I am pursuing Ironman Arizona as my “A” race in 2017 where I hopefully will significantly drop my finishing time. Follow Coon’s journey on his Facebook page.