Completing the Detroit Marathon!
$151 raised
50% of $300 goal
5 contributors
3 Years running
I’ve always been an athlete, although I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Many of my athletic endeavors have been quite successful, but not as full filling as running has been in my life. I took up casual running in college as a way of keeping ...

I’ve always been an athlete, although I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Many of my athletic endeavors have been quite successful, but not as full filling as running has been in my life. I took up casual running in college as a way of keeping myself in shape and reducing stress, as I realized it didn’t require any other teammates, or specialized equipment. My passion for running really progressed in my mid-twenties. I’ve since completed eight 5k’s, three 10K's, three 10-Milers, and the Marine Corp. Half Marathon. Now my focus has shifted to, successfully, completing the Detroit Marathon in October of 2014. My legs are not physically able to complete 26.2 miles, due to my impaired gate and having been orthopedically reconstructed, thus I am training to complete the marathon as a hand cyclist. I’m quite excited about the next phase of training for what has been a long standing mental and physical journey.
Keep in mind, that at the age of nine and after several years of physical therapy, I had corrective orthopedic surgery which included tendon lengthening and quad muscle transpositioning on both legs, I was wheelchair bound for several months. After intensive physical therapy I progressed to moving with a walker and leg braces, to a quad cane, to moving unassisted. It was a feeling of victory for me even at such a young age.
Words can sparsely express how grateful I am for the opportunity to participate in this journey from the nutritional guidance, to the physical training, and to complete my first marathon in an energetic and victorious fashion. As you can imagine this is just another chapter in my journey of physical and mental perseverance, illustrating that no task is insurmountable when you believe that you can achieve your dreams no matter what the obstacle.
So with that said, I must vigorously thank my sponsors for providing the necessary support to achieve my life goals:
Smitty’s Iron Works
Achilles
Tri-to-Finish

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

 

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