"At the age of four I contracted meningococcemia which resulted in the amputation of both my legs below the knee. Prosthetic technology was not amazing in the early 90s, but doctors assured my parents that ‘the sky is the limit’ if I was determined and focused.
Growing up I was always involved in some sort of sport — the town baseball and basketball teams, horseback riding, and eventually competitive weightlifting. It was not till after I graduated college that I started to look more towards endurance pursuits.
In 2011 I joined Team in Training which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With their help I trained for a hike in the Grand Canyon. From there my love of hiking long distances grew and I completed hikes in Zion National Park and Yosemite with Team in Training and even hiked Kilimanjaro while raising money for a charity called Climb for Sight.
In 2014 I joined Team in Training for a new challenge, running a marathon. Disney 2014 was my first marathon and it left me hungry to run more. Over the past two years I have completed an additional 3 marathons lowering my personal best to 3 hours 3 mins 35 secs in London 2018 as part of Team USA.
This stands as the fastest marathon time recorded by an American amputee and is also the world record in the marathon for all amputees in the “double below-the-knee” category. Among all amputees my time ranks I believe as 5th fastest. My goal in the Chicago Marathon this year is to break the 3 hour barrier. This has not yet been accomplished by any American amputee.
One of the most important aspects of training is ensuring that the body is optimally fueled. As a vegetarian it can be difficult to eat enough high quality protein every day. I love the Skout products because I know that I am eating clean organic food that will help my body recover faster and stronger after each workout!”
“Outside of my running pursuits I have a young and growing family. My wife and I met while hiking Zion National Park in 2011 (both of us were with Team in Training however she was with the NJ team and I was with the MA team). We got married in 2014 and our son Stephen was born in 2015. In 2017 we had our daughter Zoanna who will be turning 1 in just a few weeks."