An Impossible Life
A true story about cheating death and pushing limits
At just 24 years old, Brian Boyle of Welcome, Maryland has become an outstanding endurance athlete. ...
Photo by Joanne Boyle
At just 24 years old, Brian Boyle of Welcome, Maryland has become an outstanding endurance athlete. In 2006, six weeks after his first Half-Ironman triathlon, he completed the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii with hardly two months of training. In August 2009, he competed in the Louisville Ironman followed by five marathons in just over five weeks. Then, this past November, two weeks after crossing the finish line of his third Ironman, Florida, he ran his first trail ultramarathon, the JFK 50 Mile, without having completed a single off-road training run. What makes these endurance feats even more incredible, is that on July 6, 2004, Boyle was pronounced clinically dead, eight times.
About a month after his high-school graduation, while driving home from a swim workout, Boyle was involved in a car accident in southern Maryland. A dump truck slammed into the driver's side of his black Camaro, pushing his heart to the right side of his chest, shattering his pelvis, crushing his ribs and collapsing his lungs. He lost 60 percent of his blood and all recollection of what happened. Boyle spent the next two months in the Intensive Care Unit at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland.