John’s journey of going from a cane to completing the 3 domestic World Marathon Majors. (Chicago – 2014, New York – 2015, Boston – 2016) has been documented in various locations.
The links below will help gain a better understanding of the transformation John has underwent allowing him to become a mobility impaired athlete.
In the beginning, John started out walking and committed to walking the distance of 52 marathons in 52 weeks in 2014. Along the way, John experienced a transformation that led him to relearning how to run, adaptively, with his multiple sclerosis. By the year’s end, John moved on from the original goal, completed the Chicago Marathon fast enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon as a mobility impaired athlete, and finished the year with 1,667 miles logged.
Here are two blog posts from John on the RunKeeper website about this feat.
John’s journey continued in 2015 as he took it upon himself to unselfishly run for 4 individuals with multiple sclerosis during the 2015 TCS-NYC Marathon. John’s resilience, drive, and relentless determination garnered the attention of the local media and the New York Road Runners (NYRR). He was selected as the guest speaker and featured athlete during the NYRR Charity Breakfast the morning after the NYC Marathon.
Here is the link to a local magazine article discussing his 2015 NYC Marathon journey.
Below is a link to the text version of John’s powerful and moving speech given at the NYRR Charity Breakfast, at The Tavern On The Green – Central Park, Nov 2, 2015. This speech received a standing ovation and was delivered in front of the Michael Capiraso, NYRR President/CEO and Peter Ciaccia, President and Race Director for the NYC Marathon.
John completed the domestic World Marathon Major’s at the 2016 Boston Marathon. It became a personal race for John as he was seeking a personal best in the marathon. He sought a sub 5 hour marathon, yet failed in the attempt due to the warm running conditions that ultimately landed him in 4 separate medical tents, where he kept attempting to cool his core temperature and regain his lost vision. John completed the Boston Marathon in his slowest time, yet, in his words, “It was a perfectly imperfect race.”
Here is the local Pittsburgh Tribune Review article reflecting and recounting his attempt.