Mike McCastle is a sponsored American endurance athlete, four-time world record holder, nationally acclaimed performance coach and motivational speaker. After serving 11 years in the U.S. Navy, McCastle founded Twelve Labors Project, a charitable initiative driven by a purposeful mission to push the limits of human potential in hopes of inspiring others to explore their own capacity for greatness.
With over a decade of experience in the field, high-achievers in the athletic, military and corporate sectors have enlisted McCastle's expertise with goals of improving performance, mental strength, productivity, leadership and team cohesion.
In addition to collegiate, professional and national level athletes, Mike's clientele have included teams from Microsoft, Amazon, the FBI, U.S. Navy SEALs and elite polar explorer, Colin O’Brady. His efforts and expertise in human performance have been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, HBO Real Sports, NBC news, Men's Health Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, plus many more local and national news media outlets.
In his free time, Mike remains actively involved in a number charitable efforts centered around Veteran mental health issues, Parkinson's disease and muscular dystrophy research.
Like the mythological '12 labors of Hercules', his increasingly difficult challenges test his physical and mental limits with the ultimate goal of inspiring others to live with purpose, stand for a cause greater than themselves and be relentless in the pursuit of their goals.
Michael’s Charitable Labors have included:
A 50k run for Cancer Research (wearing a 40lb vest).
A 13-mile, 250-pound tire flip for wounded veterans; he flipped the tire 137 spans along a 500-foot paved street over the course of 10 grueling hours. (WR)
A Rope Climb that equaled the height of Mount Everest, a full 29,029 feet in 27 hours for Parkinson's Disease Research--a cause that hits close to home following the death of his father who suffered from the disease. (WR)
On September 27th, 2015, Michael shattered the Guinness World Record for 'Most Pull-ups in 24 hours' after completing 5,804 pull-ups--while wearing a 30 pound pack to represent the burden of the wounded warrior. The event benefitted Operation Enduring Warrior, a veteran run organization that hosts adaptive athletic events for wounded veterans. (WR)
On May 22nd, Michael pulled a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck for 22 miles in 19 hours across Death Valley to raise awareness for Veteran Suicide. (WR)
On April 11th, 2017, Michael began running 20 miles per day for 100 consecutive days to, again, heighten awareness of the Veteran Suicide epidemic. He completed this Labor on July 11, 2017.
WR = World Record