Amputated War Veterans To Join ING NYC Marathon

“If there’s a will, there’s a way”. 
True enough. How many times have you tried doing something but ended up failing to do it? I bet you have come up with a couple of excuses to defend your failure to do so. Thinking of  joining  a marathon? Ditch all those “what ifs” and read this article to get some inspiration.
 Of the 250 Achilles International athletes competing in this year’s ING NYC Marathon, 28 are combat wounded servicemen. They will be competing as a part of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The veterans, most of them single and double amputees injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be using handcrank wheelchairs or running on their prosthetics to complete the marathon.

GUEST PROFILES: Notable Achilles Freedom Team participants include SSGT Alfredo Delossantos, Marine Cpl Tyler Southern, Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes and Army SSGT Michael Kacer.
  • SSGT Alredo Delossantos lost his right leg and suffered traumatic brain injury when struck by a Rocket Propelled Grenade in Afghanistan in 2008. Delossantos connected with Achilles while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and competed in his first marathon in a handcycle in 2009. Since then, he has competed in nine marathons with Achilles and is now considered an elite racer.
  • Marine Cpl Tyler Southern lost both legs and an arm to an IED explosion during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010. In January 2012, Southern finished the Disney Half Marathon in a handcycle as part of the Achilles Freedom Team. This June, He participated in the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Miler in Central Park, walking five miles on his prosthetic legs for the first time. He will be handcycling in his first NYC Marathon this November.


Read the full article at Let’s Run. 


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