Triple amputee soldier takes on 'world's most dangerous race'
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A British soldier who lost three limbs in Afghanistan will compete in the 2013 Dakar Rally, a grueling motorsport race through South America, CNN reports.
“I think Dakar’s less dangerous than what I’ve done, and I think I knew what I was getting myself into when I signed up for it,” Tom Neathway told CNN.
Neathway lost both legs and an arm after picking up a booby-trapped sandbag in Afghanistan in 2008, CNN said. He’ll be a navigator for the Race2Recovery team, which raises funds for injured servicemembers.
The Dakar Rally, a 16-day endurance event across mountainous desert terrain, has claimed the lives of 25 competitors and dozens of spectators since its inception in 1978. Its founder, Thierry Sabine, was killed in a helicopter crash during the 1986 race.
The course originally ran from Paris to Dakar, the capital of Senegal, but the rally was moved to South America in 2009 because of security concerns. This year’s entries include almost 200 motorbikes, 115 cars, 40 quad bikes and 176 trucks, according to CNN.