Randolph-Macon College will host marathoner Scott Rigsby on Thursday, April 7, 2011
at 7:00 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. This event
is free and open to the public.
Rigsby will present his life story, called “The Unthinkable.” He completed 13 triathlons
and five road races on his way to setting world records for a double below-the-knee
amputee in the full marathon, half Ironman, and international distance triathlon,
earning him a spot on the 2006 USA Triathlon Team.
Rigsby was in a tragic automobile accident when he was 18 years old, and instead
of heading off to college, he battled physical, emotional and spiritual obstacles.
Conquering depression, drug abuse, and loss of hope, he eventually overcame these
challenges. He has shared his story with audiences around the world, and his extraordinary
achievements have attracted the attention of Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports,
CNN, Runner's World, Delta’s SKY magazine and Competitor Magazine.
He is also the founder of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a Georgia-based, nonprofit
organization that exists to inspire and enable physically challenged individuals
and athletes. In 2008, he was named World Vision’s Advocate for Children with Disabilities.
In addition, Rigsby is the author of Unthinkable (Tyndale House Publishers,
“I had the opportunity to meet Scott at a local run swim event last year and was
moved by his determination,” says Hunter Shirey, director of R-MC’s
student health services. “Scott even ran a mile with my 9-year-old son,
who also has a ‘physical ability,’ as he often says. Scott touched our family and
I look forward to him coming to Randolph-Macon and sharing his life story. I have
no doubt that everyone who attends will leave with a new outlook on life.”
For more information, contact Hunter Shirey at (804) 752-3041 or