Adam Gorlitsky is paralyzed from the waist down, but he didn’t let that stop him from completing most of the Los Angeles Marathon recently. The 32-year-old used an exoskeleton to walk an impressive 17.2 miles of the course over three days.
A car accident 13 years ago left Gorlitsky paralyzed, but he has kept moving and stayed active. He’s previously completed other races, including a half marathon, thanks to the help of an $80,000 robotic exoskeleton. He was pushing himself further with the L.A. Marathon, and even though he didn’t reach his goal of becoming the first American paraplegic to finish the 26.2-mile race, he still wowed with his effort.
"I don't feel disabled, but I don't feel able-bodied," Gorlitsky said before attempting the marathon. "I feel what I call re-enabled and all that means is what it feels to be empowered."