NORWOOD (CBS) – Matt Brown, who was paralyzed while playing hockey for Norwood High School, has been told he can not participate in the New York City Marathon. Brown was just 15-years-old when he became a quadriplegic, but that has not kept him down. Brown has teamed up with his hometown friend and veteran Lucas Carr to run several marathons and half-marathons. Two years ago, they ran the Boston Marathon.They have a specially designed three-wheel chair that Lucas pushes, while Matt provides moral and verbal support.“We’re one unit,” said Matt,“we may look like a team, but we compete as one unit.” But when they entered the upcoming New York City Marathon, they were told no, and that the only people allowed were those who could power themselves.“It’s telling me and Matt no, you can’t do this and that’s discrimination,” said Lucas. “It doesn’t make him less of a person just because I push him.”
The organizers of the marathon sent WBZ-TV the following statement:
“The NYC ING Marathon welcomes the largest and most diverse group of AWD entrants of any major marathon. Given the logistical complexities of hosting more than 45,000 runners on the course each year, there has been a long-standing policy that entrants must participate in the race under their own propulsion. We work very hard to accommodate hundreds of participants overcoming great odds and we are looking at potential options in this case.”
Hey New York Marathon scumbags….Now yis can’t leave. I mean are you serious with this shit? The logistics of letting a kid who got paralyzed played hockey run with his lifelong buddy pushing him is too hard to figure out? Really? But you can figure out how to host a race with 45,000 hardos but not these 2 guys? Get the fuck out of my face with this shit. The fact that the NYC Marathon would even attempt to justify this idiocy with a statement is mind boggling. Honestly If Matt Brown cant’ run nobody should be allowed to run. This reminds me of when the NYC marathon was complaining that displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy were hogging all the hotel rooms. Grow up. Some things in life matter more than others. Letting Matt Brown and all paralyzed people run is one of them. Fuck NY. Fuck their dumb ass marathon. I just refuse to believe they can stick with this ruling. At some point common sense has to win out. It just has to. Don’t make me come up their NY and start cracking skulls. Because once it starts it never stops. Or at the very least I’m going to write a strongly worded letter.