Inspirational athlete returns to competition on handcycle after devastating accident

Amy Freeze spoke with Glenn Hartrick, who took part in the Hand Cycling Half Marathon at Rutgers. (WABC)

Glenn Hartrick ran his first New York City Marathon in 2006 and was hooked.

He has completed multiple Ironman competitions.

He was on the cover of Runners World Magazine in 2012, saying "My legs take me places, allow me to see things".

Six months later, he was in a cycling accident that left him with a severed spine, plus a broken shoulder, scapula, and nine ribs.

Six weeks into his rehab therapy he was asking about racing again and had his mind set on a handcycle.

And that's where the Challenged Athletes Foundation stepped in. At 33, Glenn did his first hand cycling half marathon at Rutgers in April, and Saturday he placed in his division.

Glenn joined us on Eyewitness News Sunday Morning.

For more information on the Challenged Athletes Foundation, visit:
http://www.challengedathletes.org/site/c.4nJHJQPqEiKUE/b.6460809/k.4F0C/A_Celebration_of_Heroes_Heart__Hope.htm
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