Monday, September 21, 2009

Running for the "Soldier on" programme.

Running for the "Soldier on" programme.

Military Blog Site - with Robby McRobb
The Guardian

M/Cpl Jody Mittic and other comrades ran in the second annual "Canada Army Run" in Ottawa yesterday. Bravo Zulu guys and gals and to all runners. Our MND also took part in the 5 K Run.

Injured soldiers run half marathon in Ottawa

A soldier who lost his legs during combat in Afghanistan completed the Army Run's half marathon on Sunday using carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, part of his efforts to get redeployed.

Master Cpl. Jody Mitic, who lost both legs below the knee when he stepped on a landmine during a routine patrol in January 2007, finished the 21-kilometre run in three hours 22 minutes 46 seconds. Thirty-one other injured soldiers participated in the half marathon and five-kilometre events, which attracted 11,000 participants in downtown Ottawa.

Mitic, who wants to return to Afghanistan as a helicopter gunner, said he is breaking new ground for amputee soldiers. But to qualify for the combat mission, he must pass two fitness tests by the military.

Mitic's prosthetic legs still cause him pain and blistering. During his run, he stopped every few kilometres to readjust them.

Single-leg amputee Rick Ball, who has a high-tech prosthetic leg, set a world record for one-legged runners, finishing the half marathon in 1:20.45. Some completed the course in wheelchairs.

Spectator Dayle Mulligan, 46, was particularly moved by soldiers who continue to run despite suffering life-changing disabilities.

"When you see the injured soldiers, it's pretty heart-wrenching," Mulligan said.

Mark Fuchko, also a double amputee, walked the race last year but was planning to run it this time.

"Seeing where I was last year, and now this year -- it's just like night and day. It's a drastic improvement," he told CTV Ottawa before the race. Fuchko also lost his legs in Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in drove over an IED.

About 11,000 military personnel and civilians participated in the two-year-old event, four thousand more than last year. Some walked or ran. Others raced in wheelchairs.

Organizers say it has become the fastest growing long-distance run in the country.

Lieut. Charles Nadeau of Quebec won the men's half-marathon, finishing with a time of 1:11:46. Danielle Riendeau of Ottawa won the women's event in 1:20:23.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, who took part in the five-kilometre segment of the run, welcomed the runners as they crossed the finish line.

Peter MacKay the hardest working MND canada has ever had since WW2 Well done.

So as the men and women of the soldier on Programme fight a different battle daily Congratulations and best wishes in your recoveries.

Nil Sine Labore


1 comment:

Martina Tycova said...

It is good to see such event.It is nice experience to watch soldiers running on the road.