Colin O'Brady

Endurance Athlete

Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete who has built on his passion for the outdoors to accomplish incredible feats and achieve four world records.

Mr. O’Brady’s athleticism started early in his life: he was nationally ranked in both soccer and swimming, and was recruited for swimming by Yale University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he went to work in Thailand, and while there was seriously injured in a fire that left 25 percent of his body covered in burns, including his legs and feet. While recovering, he set the goal of completing a triathlon, and he then spent six years as a professional triathlete.

Mr. O’Brady then set his sights on mountaineering, and in 2016, completed in record time the Explorers Grand Slam, a global mountaineering challenge to climb the tallest mountain on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, and to ski to the North and South Poles. In 2018, he shattered the speed record for the 50 High Points Challenge when he summited the highest point in each of the 50 states in just 21 days. Also in 2018, he became the first person to cross the Antarctica landmass solo, unaided by kites or resupplies. He accomplished the feat in 54 days, covering more than 930 miles along the way and never taking a full day off. 

Mr. O’Brady has been featured in numerous national media outlets, including “60 Minutes,” “Good Morning America,” “Today,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “HBO Real Sports,” The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS, CNN, Business Insider, Huffington Post, People.com, Men's Journal and Outside Magazine. When not engaged in his outdoor pursuits, he focuses on his non-profit organization, Beyond 7/2, which works to inspire others to lead active, healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams.