David Goggins is a well-known American endurance athlete who has earned a number of awards as an ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, and triathlete due to his exhibition of exceptional skills and remarkable stamina. Prior to becoming an athlete, David worked with the United States Navy SEAL until his retirement. In dedication to his country, he also served in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars as a member of the United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party.
The renowned athlete became popular across the world in 2013 after he set a then-new world record for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours with his 4,030 pull-ups achieved in 17 hours. He is also a motivational speaker and the author of a New York Times best-selling book an autobiography titled “Can’t Hurt Me.” Keep reading as we unravel more information about the military man-turned athlete.
David Goggins was born on the 17th of February 1975, in Buffalo, New York. The retired Navy SEAL chief is on record as the first person to ever complete training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger and Air Force Tactical Air Controller among members of the U.S. armed forces. This achievement could easily paint the picture of a young, physically fit David in anyone’s mind but that was far from the image of the man who arrived at a Navy recruiting station many years ago hoping to become a Navy SEAL.
Beginning his military career in the Air Force at the age of 19, with the ambition of becoming an elite Pararescueman, David was discouraged when the training proved to be more difficult than he expected. In the course of the training, military doctors told him that he had sickle cell anemia and presented him with the option of dropping out of Pararescue school. He gladly embraced the opportunity and quit.
After he left, David Goggins succeeded at finishing training to become a Tactical Air Controller and served with the Air Force in that field for the rest of his contract. However, according to him, the thought of having dropped out of Pararescue school made him depressed and resulted in him gaining a lot of weight as the time of his exit from active duty service drew closer.
When he returned to civilian life, he gained much more weight than ever before, weighing 297 pounds. It was at this point in his life that he came across a documentary on the Discovery Channel that would change his life. The show triggered memories of his days in Pararescue training and David decided to try becoming a Navy SEAL not minding his weight and the fact that he was already older than a typical Navy SEAL candidate.
His efforts to find a recruiter was futile for weeks, no thanks to his weight, but his determination eventually paid off when he finally found a recruiter who was ready to give him a chance provided he was willing to shed enough weight in order to ship out to the Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUD/s) within 3 months. Following days and weeks of constant training, David Goggins lost 106 pounds in less than 3 months and was ready to kick off.
After a short period of indoctrination at Recruit Training Command, he joined BUD/s. He later made it to the Navy SEAL’s “Hell Week” but because he contracted pneumonia and suffered stress fractures, he failed. Due to the fact that he did not quit voluntarily, he was given the chance to start all over from the first day of the first week of BUD/s. Not wanting to be sent back in training a third time, David Goggins managed to make it through Hell Week with his fractured kneecap and this time passed.
Sadly, his injury made him unable to continue with his class. Consequently, he had to start afresh again, making it through Hell Week with BUD/s Class 235 and finally graduating with his Navy SEAL trident on August 10th, 2001. He was assigned to SEAL Team Five and also served as a training instructor for other SEALs. In 2004, he graduated from Army Ranger School with the distinction of enlisted “Top Honor Man.”
During Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005, 12 Navy SEALs were killed. In an attempt to find a way he could raise money for their families, he discovered the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which pays for the college fees of children of special operators killed in combat. In a bid to raise money for the foundation, he decided to start running race and one of the races he had his eye on was the Badwater-135 Ultramarathon as a fundraiser. However, he soon learned that there was a need for him to enter another ultramarathon first to prove that he can run 100 miles in 24 hours or less as the Badwater event is based on invitation.
Having qualified to compete in the Badwater event, David was invited to participate in the 2006 Badwater-135 and surprisingly, he finished 5th overall, a wonderful achievement by an ultramarathon novice at a world-class event. Since then, he has competed in more than 60 ultra-marathons, including the Las Vegas Marathon, the Furnace Creek-508 (2009), the Ultraman World Championships Triathlon in Hawaii among others, and has raised over $2 million for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
On September 27, 2012, the military man-turned athlete, still in a bid to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, tried beating the world record for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours but an injury on his right wrist made him fail. He tried and failed again two months after but eventually succeeded on January 19, 2013, with 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours.
David Goggins’ Net Worth
The exceptional athlete, who has earned himself a spot among the world’s top 20 ultramarathoners, has a net worth estimated at more than $240,000. During his time in the US Navy SEAL, he earned an average annual salary of $60,000.
David Goggins makes money from other sources which include his job as a motivational speaker and the sales of his self-help memoir, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, which was released on the 4th of December 2018.
Family – Mother, Father, Wife
There are very little known details about David’s family beyond the fact that his father is Trunnis Goggins and that his parents parted ways when he was 8 years old due to his dad’s abusive nature.
The ultramarathoner is believed to have gotten married in a secret wedding in 2010 to a lady nurse named Aleeza, who is also a key member of his service staff. However, this has never been confirmed.
David Goggins stands tall at 6 feet 6 inches in height and weighs 86kg. He has been able to maintain a good body weight since he got involved in athletics. Additionally, he has black hair and light brown eyes.