Maj. Scotty Smiley (Ret.) lost his eyesight serving his country, but that didn't stop him from becoming an Ironman.

Smiley was blinded and partially paralyzed in Iraq in 2005 when he was hit by shrapnel from a suicide car bomb. He would go on to become the U.S. Army's first blind active duty officer.

Now retired, Smiley has accomplished something else that few can ever imagine: He crossed the finish line of his first Ironman triathlon

The famously grueling Ironman event combines a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon.

Smiley, who was guided along by his brother-in-law and partner, Andy Cooper, braved 100-plus degree summer heat to complete the June 28 race in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Smiley joined Jenna Lee on "Happening Now" to share his inspiring story.

"It was 105 at its hottest, about the time we started the marathon," Smiley revealed. "And we heard rumors that the heat off the cement was a little over 135 degrees ... It was true hell."

"It's just the love of my wife, Tiffany, my kids, my family, friends that just inspired me to move on," Smiley said. "And though I wanted to quit ... it's the love that surrounds me that gives me the ability and desire to continue to fight, continue to move forward and continue to make an impact."

"I hope that I did make an impact, not only at Coeur d'Alene and in [the] Spokane region, but in this world, and just to continue to move forward making this a better place to live."

Watch more on this amazing story above and find out more about Smiley at his website Hope Unseen.

Scotty Smiley, a blind Veteran, inspires us all. Go Scotty Go!!!

Posted by Ironman Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, June 28, 2015


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