JOHN PENDERGRASS is an eye surgeon, decorated Vietnam veteran, and six-time IRONMAN® triathlon competitor. A native Mississippian, he graduated from Delta State College and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi.
Pendergrass is the first person over 60 to ever compete in six IRONMAN triathlons on six continents, which served as the inspiration for his first book, Against the Odds. Pendergrass is married with three children and has practiced ophthalmology in Hattiesburg, MS for over 40 years. He is also the author of Racing Back to Vietnam.