Paraplegic athlete competing in 24-hour obstacle course for charity

Posted at 5:52 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 20:52:46-05

Jesi Stracham is paralyzed from the waist down. But that's not stopping her from competing in one of the toughest races in Las Vegas.

World's Toughest Mudder is an obstacle course race where competitors challenge themselves to complete as many laps of a 5-mile course as possible in 24 hours.

Jesi wants to finish 50 miles of the course. A team of four people will accompany her to keep her safe.

Before a motorcycle accident took away her ability to use her legs, Jesi says she wasn't nearly as active as she is now.

"I worked for an orthodontist before I got hurt," she said. "I worked out a little bit, but I'm in the greatest shape of my life right now."

Since her injury, Jesi has taken on a life of adventure. She's competed on a national level in waterskiing, frequently enters off-road racing events, and has now taken up obstacle course racing.

Jesi's end goal is to raise money for her Wheel With Me Foundation, which aims to help people with spinal cord injuries get back to an independent life.

"You're only taught how to exist, not to live," said Jesi while explaining the recovery process after her injury. "I want people to live the fullest life possible."

You can find out more information about the Wheel With Me Foundation here. World's Toughest Mudder will be streaming live here on November 11-12.