Former triathlete gets chance to race again: 'I just want to feel my heart race again'

Rachel Corey receives donation to buy a racing chair. (KBOI Photo)

Rachel Corey's life is a lot different than it was three years ago.

In 2014, she was training for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

However, three weeks before the race the unthinkable happened.

Corey was training on Pleasant Valley Road when she was hit by a car. The crash left her with numerous injuries including a spinal cord injury.

She says doctors told her she only had a 10 percent chance of walking again, but that hasn't stopped her from working hard.

"I'm really glad that I was an iron man triathlete before this because I've treated my rehab in the same way, I walk miles and miles every day on my treadmill and with a walker with crutches, I usually have a friend walk with me every day, and I swim when I haven't had wound issues," Corey said.

Now, Corey has a new opportunity. Thursday, the Challenged Athletes Foundation awarded her a check to buy a racing chair so she can work her way back to triathlon races.

She's excited for the chance to add competition back into her life.

"Mostly, I just want to feel my heart race again and feel my lungs burn, and have sweat pouring off of me and you know my muscles burn and just really challenge myself again, in a different way," Corey said.

She's hopeful and will continue to work hard so she can race again.

"I've always kind of taken comfort in the uncomfortable, so I'm excited to get started," Corey said.

CAF's donation to Corey kicks off a CAF cross-country cycling challenge .

CAF CEO Bill Geppert, a part time Boise resident, and his wife will be presenting checks to several CAF grant recipients during the trip to encourage them to use their new equipment.