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Published on January 30th, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Biggie, Dre, 2Pac pump up endurance athlete Colin O’Brady while breaking world climbing record

Music plays a major role in getting motivated and pushing us through the day. Most of us press play on a particular playlist based off of our mood and our activities at that time. Throw on some Future when you’re getting ready for the “turn up” or dive into Bryson Tiller when you’re slightly in your feelings.

But what does one listen to when they are on a mission to break a world record of climbing the seven highest peaks and trekking through the North and South Pole? Colin O’Brady, professional endurance athlete, is currently attempting to break the world record for the “Explorers Grand Slam” by becoming the fasted athlete to complete the challenge and to get him pumped up he turns to early 90s hip hop!

Press Play on a few of his favs which include some of the hottest joints in Hip-Hop history!

Colin O’Brady’s Playlist

Notorious B.I.G – Juicy
Tupac – Life Goes On
Big Pun – Still not a Playa
Eminem – Lose Yourself
Dr. Dre/Snoop – Ain’t Nothin But A G thang
Warren G – Regulate
Montel Jordan – This Is How We Do It
LL Cool J – Doin’ it
Puff Daddy/Mace/Biggie – Mo Money Mo Problems
Naughty by Nature – OPP
Ice cube – It Was A Good Day
Bone Thugs n Harmony – Crossroads

Professional endurance athlete, Colin O’Brady, has kicked off 2016 by attempting to break the world record for the “Explorer’s Grand Slam,” by becoming the fastest athlete in history to complete the challenge. The challenge, which O’Brady launched on Christmas Day 2015 (though the clock will not start ticking until he reaches the South Pole the first week of January), requires adventurers to climb the “Seven Summits,” the tallest peak on each of the seven continents, and ski to both poles in under six months. O’Brady plans to accomplish the feat in just over five months by securing the world record by mid-June.  The current record holder is Richard Parks who completed the challenge in six months and 11 days.

O’Brady’s journey will take him to the following peaks:

•       January – South Pole and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica

•       February – Aconcagua in South America

•       March  – Carstensz Pyramid in Australasia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt. Elbrus in Europe

•       April – North Pole in Arctic Ocean

•       May  – Mt. Everest in Asia

•       June – Denali in North America

Only 42 people have ever completed this challenge, and only two have achieved the mission in under one year.  Limited oxygen and bitter cold temperatures will truly test O’Brady’s physical and mental resilience. Setting the bar high and redefining the limits of human endurance will allow O’Brady to become a non-traditional sports hero.

O’Brady’s main purpose for the challenge is to raise $1 million to promote children’s health. His charity, Beyond 7/2, has partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to inspire kids to lead active, healthy, and more successful lives. All funds raised will go to the Alliance and their programs. The primary sponsors for this challenge are Nike Foundation and Gelber Group. Additional sponsors include Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Providence Sports Medicine, Moosejaw, Sorel and Prana.

In 2006, O’Brady backpacked through Thailand where he suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned, covering 25% of his body primarily damaging his legs and feet. After being told he may not walk again normally, O’Brady completed a year of intensive rehab and recovery, and then signed up for the 2009 Olympic distance Chicago Triathlon with the goal of finishing the race. Eighteen months after the tragic accident, O’Brady not only completed the triathlon, but he won the overall amateur division, beating 5,000 other entrants. This success would lead him to become a professional triathlete representing the USA in international competition in 25 countries on six continents over the past six years. Now O’Brady is on a quest to complete the “Explorers Grand Slam” in record time, and drive larger community impact with his athletic ambitions. 

O’Brady’s world record attempt is a true test of human endurance, and aims to inspire people to go beyond the norms in their lives — to set goals, to dream big and to lead healthier, happier, more successful lives.

For more information on Colin O’Brady’s challenge, please visit:

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