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Bob Wieland      

Wheelchair-Bound Inspiration

Bob Wieland, who lost his legs in Vietnam 34 years ago, finished the Los Angeles marathon Saturday, March, 8, 2003, after 173 hours and 45 minutes. It took 57-year-old Wieland of Arcadia, Calif., more than one week to cover the more than 26 miles. He used only his hands and torso.

Bob Wieland lost his legs in Vietnam, but that did not stop him. He is known for his walk across America. Last week during the LA marathon, he walked without sleeping for 163 hours and met a homeless person who is now working for him!

“Mr. Inspiration”, as Bob is known, was featured as the Person of the Day on Connie Chung on her March 10th show. He is scheduled to be on an upcomong Bryant Gumble show. The unstoppable Bob Wieland has truly inspired the world with his amazing achievements.

Bob Wieland’s life sparkles with courage and greatness. Bob lost his legs in Vietnam via a mortar round while trying to rescue a fellow soldier. Bob was born and raised in Greenfield, Wisconsin and was an all-star athlete well on his way to being a professional baseball player. Rather than dwelling on his lost baseball career, Bob chose to focus on the challenges that were ahead. In his words, “I lost my legs, not my heart.”

Bob Wieland is one of those rare few who can speak from the depth of a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT. What’s more, his passionately motivating style creates a desire to excel in audiences. He’s a role model whose words you hang on to for inspiration, because he’s THE REAL THING. In thousands of appearances from 10 to 10,000 strong. Bob has a way of touching hearts… making people want to give just a measure more.

Author of One Step At A Time and a member of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports, Bob has been encouraging audiences for over 15 years, creating an awareness of not just his accomplishments, but of time honored PRINCIPLES OF ACHIEVEMENT. He is blessed with a speaking style that makes each person in the audience feel like he is speaking directly to them, one-on-one. His honors and public/product endorsement are extensive. His programs are not crass sensationalism, but a practical complement to your organizational goals.


*1996, Named “The Most Courageous Man in America” by the NFL Players

      Association and the Jim Thorpe Foundation

*1994, Voted “One of the Six Most Amazing Americans in the Past 20 Years” by 

      People Magazine

*1989, U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, “Most Inspirational” Award

*1989, Healthy American Fitness Leader Award, United States Jaycees

*1988, recipient of the prestigious Victory Award

*1986, Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, California State University

*1977-78, California’s Outstanding Disabled American Veteran

*1971-72, Wisconsin’s Outstanding Disabled American Veteran


*Strength, flexibility, and motivational coach with the professional football team 

     Green Bay packers

*Walked across America on his arms in three years, eight months, six days in


*Former 4-time world record holder in the bench press with best lift of 507 pounds

*Completed the New York, Los Angeles, and Marine Corp Marathons

*Only double amputee to complete the grueling Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii

*Hosting 1992 television talk show Beating the Odds on national Sports Channel 


*Faculty member, outstanding graduate, and alumnus of California State

     University, Los Angeles

*Completed 6,200 mile bike circuit, twice across America in conjuction with the

     Congressional Medal of Honor Society


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25 Years Later, a Marathon Finish Still Inspires

In Bob Wieland’s world, obstacles create opportunities and conquests breed inspiration.

Wieland was declared dead and taken away in a zipped-up body bag in 1969 after stepping on a mortar mine in Vietnam. But he awoke a half-hour later and now breathes life into battles against limitations with his speeches and ultradistance adventures that support charities. Missing his legs but full of heart, Wieland has completed six marathons on his hands. He finished the Ironman World Championship triathlon course in Hawaii in less than five days...

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