Special training is underway for people who are overcoming amazing odds.
People with various physical disabilities or amputations will compete in a paratriathlon Sunday.
Eyewitness News met one participant who is drawing inspiration from his competitors and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings. John Pulliam lost his leg in January after a driver crashed into his motorcycle and took off.
"A traumatic experience like that can do one or two things to a person -- it can make them better or it can make them bitter," Pulliam said.
Six months later, Pulliam is better and stronger. For the next three days, he and five others with various physical disabilities will train for the paratriathlon with the group Getting2Tri. Pulliam is training with volunteers and Mooresville police Officer David Aldridge.
"A lot of these folk have a no-quit attitude," said Aldridge.
Mike Lenhart is the founder of Getting2Tri. He's been doing the training for several years, but this is the first time in Charlotte.
"Somebody here on day one might not be able to swim the length of the pool, but after three days of instruction with our staff here, they are going to be able to do multiple laps," he said.
Lenhart started the organization to encourage people with disabilities to get active in sports, improve their health and boost their confidence.
"A lot of what we were doing here is getting people back in the game," Lenhart said.
"It's very empowering to see everyone who has the desire to get up and be active," Pulliam said.
Pulliam said he has also drawn strength from the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Bombing survivor Nicole Gross of Charlotte volunteered as a coach at a paratriathlon training event in the past. Organizers said she expressed interest in returning this year before she was hurt in the attack.
Pulliam said he's encouraged to see the progress of Gross and so many others. He has his eyes set on his own future.
"The good Lord didn't save me that day for me to sit on my couch and die, so I want to get up and get back to living," Pulliam said.
The paratriathalon training also includes cycling, running and swimming in Lake Norman.