Fellow Racers Help Repair Race Wheelchair for Marathon
At the starting line of the Twin Cities Marathon, every move matters. From the warm up, to your clothes, to the equipment you need. Whether that be running shoes or wheels.
"Especially when you're doing 26 miles, you've got to have something that's going to be reliable for you because you don't want to get out in the middle of the race and break down," said Matthew Porterfield, as he adjusted his racing wheelchair.
This was Porterfield's 4th Twin Cities Marathon. When he was 18, he broke his back in a dirt bike accident. Now, he uses a racing chair to participate. But it was a rocky start for the Knoxville, Tennessee native. After getting off the plane, he picked up a broken racing chair at baggage claim.
"The axel got bent really bad, enough that the wheel wouldn't come off," he said. "You can't just go out here and buy this. You've got to have something that's fit for you."
The night before the marathon, other racers and volunteers helped piece the chair back together just in time to get a couple hours of sleep.
"Get back to the hotel and the maintenance man had a saw, we sawed it off. Another racer had an axel I could borrow, we put it together about 9:30 last night where I could actually race this morning," he said.
"Everybody says, 'life gives you lemons, make lemonade.' You know, it's whatever you do with that lemonade," said Porterfield. "You got to finish it off."
It's that perseverance and the dedication of fellow runners that gets him all the way from start to finish.
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