Dave Mackey Interview – One Step at a Time

Dave Mackey Interview

When we last spoke with Dave Mackey in 2015, his prognosis was still undetermined.  One month after falling down a cliff on a training run, he was recovering from the trauma and had undergone a few surgeries. Little did he know what the next 18 months would look like.

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After more than a dozen surgeries and little progress, Dave made the “non-reversible” decision to amputate his leg below the knee and get fitted with a prosthetic.  His goal? No more pain, no more surgeries, and he’d get to be a normal dad again and run the trails with friends.  So what’s the past six months been like?

In this interview, we talk about:

  • Who came up with the idea to amputate his leg?
  • How did his medical background affect the decision?
  • What did his kids and wife think?
  • What was it like the first time he looked down and saw nothing?
  • When will he be running again, and is he interested in Athletes with Disabilities divisions?
  • How has the “inspirational” designation changed him?
  • The finer points of a prosthetic. How does it attach? Does he have different “feet”?
  • We also discuss Dave’s recent tweet about Avery Collins recent win at Georgia Death Race and his views on whether marijuana and cannabinoids should be allowed in our sport.

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Dave Mackey Interview Sponsor Notes

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Dave Mackey Interview Episode Notes

Here’s our original interview with Dave from right after the accident.

Here’s the URP Patreon page.  Big thanks to everyone for supporting the site. I really appreciate it.

Here is USADA’s fact sheet on marijuana use.


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