Robbin Bryant is very motivated. Two words you will never hear from his mouth are "I can't."
He has learned perseverance since he was made a paraplegic while racing motocross. He still loves the sport dearly that cost him his ability to walk, nearly 26 years ago.
Mr. Bryant, age 47, of Dallas, OR, will debut in his first half marathon in Eugene, OR, this April 29th in the handcycle division of the Eugene Marathon. He will ride a Top End Force G, purchased from Ken and Scott from Bike-On.com. "They are so helpful with great knowledge of all types of Handcycles."
Eugene is his race of choice because they were "the first organizers who got back to me right away regarding a handcycle division".
Mr. Bryant will be raising money for the Homes For Troops charity. "I realize how hard and expensive it is to have any bathroom, hallway or anything modified for use with a wheelchair or even a walker. Steps and un-level ground in, and outside, are a big problem."
His goal for the marathon? "To try and inspire someone out there with a disability and to show everyone that you can do anything if you set your mind to it." But, he would also like to finish with a decent time, and have fun.
What gets him through a tough training run? He says he tries to "stay positive and push through the pain--and think of what my ultimate goal is: to never give up!!"
Mr. Bryant will be supported in his race by friend, Vince Jones, who will be running his first half and was there the night of his accident. Also coming to cheer him on in his race are sister, Angie, and her boyfriend, James.
He would like to thank the Willamette Valley Running Club who has been "very supportive and made me feel like a part of their running club."
Anyone wishing to leave comments or questions for Robbin Bryant may do so here, or on the Eugene Marathon Facebook page.