“fortitudo per patientiam” (Strength Through Endurance)
We can talk about biomechanics and neurologically efficient movement until the cows come home, but it is NO match for the human spirit.
As some of you know, I’m the official race course photographer each summer for the Badwater Ultramarathon—a 135 mile race through Death Valley in the middle of July. “THE” toughest running race in the world where only the strongest apply–and survive. 48 hours. Temperatures of up to 130+ degrees. Road temperatures over 180 degrees. Sandstorms. Frigid temperatures climbing Mt. Whitney to finish line. Sounds like fun!!!
Last year, a Polish runner with SEVERE disabilities resulting from a horrific car accident came over from Poland to compete in the Badwater Ulltra. I had the stunning honor to take many photographs of him during race, but the film documentary on his journey says a lot more.
As I put forth a hiking challenge for our corporate clients to the Upper Yosemite Falls this year, I could not help but think of this story. I hope it inspires some of you to go beyond what you think is possible…you might surprise yourselves if you let go and start climbing.
Like many Badwater runners, he had no business running if you only look at perfect biomechanics…don’t waste time telling him though because he’s too busy running to a better way of life as a humanitarian and endurance athlete.
Dariusz “Darek” Strychalski has paralysis issues and severe eyesight problems. He has difficulty seeing and walking let alone running efficiently…here’s his story:
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In the JOY of MOVEment, RJ