When two mud-covered military veterans finished their Spartan Race and saw Trandon watching from the sidelines, they turned and headed toward him. One removed the Spartan finisher medal from around his neck and handed it to Trandon. “Keep this,” Lopez told him, “but I want you to do a Spartan Race with us.”
In 2009, Ty was in a truck that hit a rough patch of dirt and rolled three times, ejecting him 25 feet into the air. Ty sustained a severe spinal cord injury and was diagnosed as a C5 quadriplegic. Even after leaving Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, his life as a hunter and outdoorsman seemed to be in jeopardy.