Pair of Colorado Springs double-amputees climbing Manitou Incline

Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

With matching shirts labeled “LEGLESS LEGENDS,” two double-amputees on Thursday morning embarked on a trek up the Manitou Incline for an event raising veteran awareness.

Former Army Staff Sgt. Travis Strong and Mandy Horvath plan to continue their friendly race to the top of Pikes Peak. The Colorado Springs residents aim to reach the summit Sunday.

Beside an experienced mountain guide, Horvath conquered the peak over three days last summer. That trip started with her second climb up the Incline. Strong garnered attention in March for his grueling ascent on the railroad ties gaining 2,000-plus feet in less than a mile.

The duo’s journey is to benefit Cars4Heroes, a nonprofit lending free transportation to veterans and active-duty soldiers in need. In a video posted to her Facebook page before Thursday’s start, Horvath said a recipient would be announced Sunday.

She also invited people to follow along on Legless Legend’s Facebook page and Instagram.

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