Amputee runner takes on the world’s toughest race using revolutionary running blade
Posted on 15th July 2013
Blatchford’s new cutting edge Blade XT running blade gets its toughest test as double amputee Chris Moon takes it for the ultimate challenge through Badwater, Death Valley.
Recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” Badwater pits approximately 90 of the world’s top ultra-athletes runners, tri-athletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California in temperatures up to 130F (55c), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The 36th run will be held July 15-17, 2013. More information on Badwater www.badwater.com
Chris Moon became the first amputee to run the world’s toughest ultra-marathons beginning with the Marathon Des Sables in 1997. Having left the Army to join The Halo Trust in the early 1990’s, Chris initially worked in Cambodia.
He was subsequently posted to Mozambique in 1995 where he himself became a casualty of the unexploded ordinance he was trying to clear and lost his lower right arm and leg after stepping on a landmine. Doctors treating him said he survived against all odds because of his fitness, determination and ability to treat himself in the minefield. Within a year of leaving hospital in 1996 Chris had run his first marathon, completed a Masters degree in Security Management as well as raising enough money to build a vocational training school in Cambodia. For more than 10 years Chris has been a motivational speaker and trainer sharing his experiences to help people go the extra mile.
Manufactured by world leading UK prosthetics company Blatchford, the cutting edge endolite Blade XT with its revolutionary E Carbon technology, incorporates a uniquely designed heel segment that will enabling the user to achieve top level sprint speeds but also reduce the damage to other joints which are under huge loading from the impact of competitive sport.
Early trials and feedback from amputees regularly participating in variety of sporting activities and extreme events report significantly increased energy storage and return. With Chris Moon choosing to select this foot for use in the iconic Badwater Ultramarathon, this will truly be the ultimate challenge for both man and technology and he hopes he will be able to shave hours off of his previous best time.
Chris has been involved in testing and developing artificial limbs for many years, Moon says ‘Endolite have produced what I think is a significant advance in prosthetics. People are aware of the Paralympics and blades that enable sprinters to perform at the highest level. What endolite have produced is a blade with an ankle and heel function that enhances the performance of the long distance athlete.’
Chris is also running for The Cambodia Trust, a charity close to his heart. The Trust was initially established in response to the terrible legacy of landmines in Cambodia, and is now the world leader in the training of Prosthetists and Orthotists – the professionals who make and fit artificial limbs and appliances. The work of The Cambodia Trust enables persons with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life through its professional training schools as well as providing rehabilitation services and facilitating access to education and employment.
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