Growing up in the west African country of Nigeria, Adam Campbell was drawn to movement and athletics from a young age, whether it was team sports like soccer, or more solo endeavors like surfing. But it wasn’t until he moved to Canada as a teen, that he began to dabble in the sport that would ultimately shape the course of his life: running.
In his twenties, Adam narrowed his focus to multi-sport races like triathlons, and he even earned the title of Canadian Duathlon National Champion in 2004. But a few years later, the repetitive nature of the training started to lose its appeal, and Adam began a shift to the more creative form of mountain running.
Over the course of the next decade, Adam became a major force in the mountain and endurance running world, often-times placing in the top three in a variety of punishing and knee-jarring races around the world. But in August of 2016, all of that came crashing down, when he took a bad fall in the Selkirks in British Columbia, breaking his pelvis, as well as multiple vertebrae in his spine. Although he was rescued quickly, and would eventually recover from his injury, his life was changed forever.
I recently got an opportunity to have a conversation with Adam about his life in the mountains, how the accident in 2016 changed his life, as well as the lessons learned and the gratitude he feels today.
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