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Double amputee climbers successfully reach Pikes Peak summit

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 13:38:14-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Double amputees Travis Strong, an Army veteran, and Mandy Horvath made it to the top of Pikes Peak Sunday after starting their journey three days prior.

This is Strong's first time conquering Pikes Peak, but Horvath has previously. The duo, who call themselves the "Legless Legends," thanked their supporters in a Facebook Live at the summit. They encouraged viewers to get up and get active.

"It takes one step at a time or one hop at a time," Strong said in the video.

They said in an earlier interview with News5 that the hike was about giving back and overcoming the injuries that took their legs.

"Just because you don't have legs, you can still go out and do whatever you want to do," Strong said. "It may be a little different, but you can still go out and do it."

The hike was to spread awareness for veterans and first responders who need help.

"...I want to spread a message of hope because I didn't realize how much help there was out there," Horvath said.

Now that they completed this trek, the duo is planning a trip to New York in September to compete in the Tunnel to Towers 5k. It honors the memory of firefighters, law enforcement officers and civilians that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Proceeds from that event will help to support programs benefiting first responders and catastrophically injured service members.