It’s an extraordinary comeback story, one that is truly inspiring. A professional ballroom dancer who lost her leg in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is training to run in the 2016 edition of the annual race. Adrianne Haslet-Davis was a spectator near the finish line when the bombs went off, and the explosion claimed her left leg from the knee down. “Back in 2013, I vowed to dance again and made a pledge to run the Boston Marathon,” Haslet-Davis said on Wednesday. “I’ve since danced, and on April 18, 2016, I will make good on that promise.”
She claims she’s not a natural born runner and is known among family and friends to joke that “If I’m running, you should be, too, because something’s wrong.” Haslet-Davis says she’s in training for the 26.2-mile challenge, the 120th running of the race, and has worked her up way up to running a distance 10 miles without stopping. At last year’s Boston Marathon, Haslet Davis wore a ballroom gown and, with a partner, danced a foxtrot across the finish line. This year, she plans to sprint across the finish line and, in addition to being inspiring, it will be for a good cause. She’s partnered with Limbs for Life and says she’ll be running to raise money and awareness for the group, which helps provide prosthetic limbs to amputees who cannot otherwise afford them. “I knew it would be powerful if I were able to do that — not only for myself but for other amputees who are saying, ‘I can’t do this or that,'” she said about why she’s pledged to run the race.
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