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Empire State Building Run-Up – an inspiration

The  41st Annual Empire State Building Run-Up is the first and most famous tower race in the world, challenging runners to race up its famous 86 flights – 1,576 steps, a vertical distance of 1,050 feet.  The 2018 ESBRU took place on Wednesday evening, February 7th, sponsored by Turkish Airlines and joined by the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  CAF is the world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active and healthy lifestyles and encouraging independence.

More than 200 people from around the world raced up the 86 stories to the famed observation deck. The CAF runners fundraise to help raise awareness and much-needed donations so people with permanent physical challenges gain access to adaptive sports equipment, athletic training, an active lifestyle, community and mentorship.  Each CAF runner raises a minimum of $2500 for the charity.

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More Paralympian Spirits to watch in Rio 2016

Meet 3 more of our amazing, inspiring Paralympians – all heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympics!

 

JOE BERENYI  –  PARACYCLING

ParaCyclist Joseph Berenyi

Paracyclist Joseph Berenyi

Joe Berenyi is a 47 year old track and road cyclist.  He won gold, silver and bronze medals plus set a world record at the 2012 Paralympic Games held in London after only 3 years of national cycling experience.

In 1994 Joe lost his right arm and left kneecap in a construction accident and decided to put his bike away after several years of successful amateur cycling races.  In 2007 he decided to join some of is neighbors for a ride and his love of cycling was reignited.

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Paralympian Spirits – more to watch in Rio 2016

We love the spirit of the Rio 2016 Paralympians – persistent, determined, motivated, dedicated.  Here are 3 of Team USA medal contenders to watch.

 

EVAN AUSTIN – Paralympic Swimmer – Familial Spastic Paraparesis

Born with familial spastic paraparesis, an inherited disease whose main feature is progressive stiffness and contraction (spasticity) in the lower limbs,  as a result of damage to or dysfunction of the nerves.  His mother has the same condition but whereas it did not impact her until her late ‘40’s, Evan’s progression began at age 3.  The muscles in his legs and back did not grow.  It hindered his walking but by age 11, he found that the pool was his haven. He developed exceptional upper-body strength as he learned to drag himself through the water.

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Jessica Long – Paralympic Medalist Swimmer

Jessica Long

Jessica Long

Paralympic swimming takes a lot of endurance, experience and strength so when a 12 year old girl brought home 3  gold medals from the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece, the world took notice of her.  Jessica Long, now 24,  has been capturing gold and breaking world records ever since.

Born in Russia, Jessica was born with fibular hemimelia; she didn’t have fibulas, ankles, heels and most of the other bones in her feet.  She was given to an orphanage by her birth parents and at 13 months old, Beth and Steve Long from Maryland, adopted her. At 18 months old, her legs were amputated below the knees so she could be fitted for prosthetic legs and learn how to walk. She was up walking 2 weeks post surgery.

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Sophia Warner – Elite Athlete

Sophia Warner in action on the track. Photograph: Kevin Quigley/Associated Newspapers

Sophia Warner in action on the track. Photograph: Kevin Quigley/Associated Newspapers

Sophia Warner is a 38 year-old wife, mother of two,  Commercial Director of British Athletics, and keeper of sheep, lambs, chickens and rabbits.  Sophia also travels around the country, speaking to children, employees and business people about the power of positive thinking.   She is an elite athlete,  a medal winning Paralympic 100m runner.  Sophia has Cerebral Palsy, the muscles and function of one side of her body are affected but certainly not her motivation and spirit.

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