Ing Miami Marathon
January 30, 2011 by USA Post
Ing Miami Marathon, Michael Fradera was not the type of sport grows in Brooklyn, NY It took a bomb in Iraq to reveal a whole new world. On August 17, 2007, Sergeant Major of the Army. Fradera, then 29, was an infantry squad leader to lead two teams of four men who were on patrol in Baghdad and conducted house searches. Returning from a patrol vehicle drove over the Fradera an improvised explosive device.
“It was remotely controlled and blew my truck,” Fradera, 33, a resident of Lakeland, said. “I was like, ‘OK, we just got hit.” I tried to get on the radio, but radio has disappeared. My guys were jumping. I thought I was stuck. Unfortunately for me, I had no more legs. “
Fradera legs, the party under his knees, are now made of titanium. He has two pairs for walking, one for swimming and one for the race. But Sunday, they will all be off as he slips into a $ 10,000 crank wheelchair and defends its 2010 ING Miami Marathon title.
Fradera – representing the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans – is one of more than 50 international athletes Achilles disabilities participating in the ING race Sunday morning in front of AmericanAirlines Arena. September will be on foot, at least 10 races in a wheelchair push-rim and the rest in the hand-crank chairs.
Push-rim riders propel themselves by pushing against the tire rim wheelchair. Crank riders use their hands to pedal in front of the bike. “There is a wheelchair sports,” said Frade. “The other is more like a sport bike.”
Both have two wheels in the back and front.
Mary Bryant, founder of the team’s Achilles freedom and vice president of Achilles International, said the ex-soldiers have the opportunity to learn the sport as soon as they are able.
“Sometimes it was just a few weeks since they lost their legs in the war,”she said.” They are thinking in the hospital, “My life is over. “We show them the hand bike as part of their rehabilitation. Soon they are running and next thing you know they are there to find work, marry, showing they can achieve.
Snowing – New York, Connecticut, and Michigan – in many places.
But not in tropical Miami, where an event record 21,000 men and women line up in front of AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday to compete in the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon.
The Miami Marathon has a course of outstanding beauty that would make even the bravest runners envious in bitter cold climates currently elsewhere.
And Sunday should bring great uptime and an intriguing array of elite runners – many from Kenya and Ethiopia – to the race director David Scott delighted. Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the low to mid-50 to the% aEUR 6:15 am departure with a steady increase in the upper 50s at the time of arrival elites. The masses expect to continue under dry skies and mild conditions.
“I am in charge of the weather this weekend,” joked Scott at the news conference Friday in the Miami Beach Convention Center. “While we have accomplished. But I am overwhelmed by how this race has continued to grow. We thought we would have more than 20,000, but we will be more than 21,000. It’s incredible. ”
Scott knows that Miami is not a boxer like New York, Boston or London. But judging by the record registration of over 16, 000 for the half marathon and about 5,000 for the main event, the marathon runs through the eclectic and often famous neighborhoods of Miami, Miami Beach Coconut Grove has a lot of panache.
“This is a fabulous journey,” said 2004 Miami Marathon winner Stacie Alboucrek, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, who finished third in 2005 and will return Sunday to try to qualify for the trials of 2012 women Olympic marathon in Houston.
“You leave the arena past the bridge on MacArthur Causeway one – surrounded by water, cruise ships below -. And you have South Beach as the sun begins to rise; the water is on one side and the beautiful Art Deco buildings on the other side. The colors are beautiful, and people come out of those pretty little boutique hotels to cheer for you at dawn. ”
Local favorite male Ronnie Holassie, 39, of Miramar, is twice former Olympic marathoner Trinidad and Tobago. He finished 32nd overall in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, 2 hours 19 minutes 24 seconds. Holassie is the three times champion in the Marathon of Palm Beach. He won the 5% Dec.aEUR Palm Beach race in 2:27:46.
Holassie but suffered a strain to the back of his right thigh during his final training run 20-mile Miami during a visit to Trinidad two weeks ago.
“I was in pain that I could not run for four days after that, he said. “Hopefully I’ll be OK. It is a great course. Not too many races to go through all parts of Miami. I like running in South Beach where all those people out of clubs and have a little alcohol in them. It’s fun. ”
Three-time defending USA Track & Field Ultra Runner of the Year Michael Wardian, 36, of Arlington, Va., will return to defend his 2010 title ING Miami (2:28:39).
The marathon, which has competitors from 79 countries will be cash awards prizes to top three men and women together – 2,000, 1,000 and $ 500 USD, respectively. The wheelchair winners male and female is $ 500 each in the crank and push-rim division. And the winners earning a half-marathon and 1000.
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