Mark Wilbourne

Las Vegas, NV

University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S. Aerospace Engineering - Spring 2023

Mark grew up playing all of the “ball” sports but in high school he found his true calling in track

like his older brother. Mark learned to love the longer events and went out for cross country the

next fall. He qualified for the state championship, placing 24th and then pursued marathons. He

ran the Boston Marathon twice with a best time of 2:53. He decided to add swimming to his

repertoire even though he could barely dog paddle. He built up to a mile and since he could

already bike so he signed up for a triathlon scheduled for a month later. He won his age group

and was immediately hooked and set his goal for an Ironman and entered. Unfortunately, a

month before the race as he was on a training ride, a car pulled in front of him and before he

could slow down he crashed into it head first at 20 mph resulting in paralysis. As Mark was a

senior in high school he already had plans to attend Colorado to study aerospace engineering and

compete on the CU triathlon team.