Recap of the Cooper River Bridge Run

The rain held up for the 36,000 participants of Saturday’s 39th annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Among the crowd were the wheelchair racing athletes and two people with spinal cord injury who walked the entire 6.2 miles with the walking devices.

James Senbeta wins 1st place - Photo: Post and Courier

James Senbeta wins 1st place – Photo: Post and Courier

James Senbeta of Illinois has won the wheelchair division two years in a row. This year, his time was 25:31, and last year, he clocked in at 26:07. Other wheelchair racers this year were  from New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

The other notable athletes who completed the race were Marka Danielle Rodgers and Adam Gorlitsky. If you’ve followed my blog in the last several weeks, you’ve seen my posts about these two amazing people.

Marka crossing the finish line!

Marka crosses the finish line

Marka crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08:47. She had a team of supporters around her as she walked with the Ottobock knee and foot orthotic (KAFO) active stance brace system.

Adam used the ReWalk exoskeleton to cross the finish line. Adam’s exoskeleton allows hm to walk about one mile per hour, allowing him to complete the 10K trek in about six-and-a-half hours. The race route was changed and the finish line was moved to the Charleston Maritime Center so Adam could officially cross the finish line.

To see pictures of the race, visit my Facebook page.

Adam Gorlitsky - 2016 CRBR

Adam Gorlitsky nears the finish line

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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