Alan Brown Receives Bike At Miami Marlins Stadium

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on August 21, 2015 # Team Reeve

Twenty-five years after first racing as a quadriplegic in the early 90s, Alan Brown is back racing in the New York Marathon this coming November as a part of Team Reeve.On August 23rd, Alan, who is the Director of Public Impact for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, will be receiving a bike for the marathon from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, who has partnered with the foundation in the past, by assisting Team Reeve® with equipment and other recreational and competitive athletic opportunities.

Alan was injured in January of 1988, after being hit by a wave while on vacation in Martinique, causing him to break his C5-C6 vertebra, but nothing has stopped him from living his life to the fullest.

“You name it, I do it,” he explained. “It sometimes takes me a little bit longer or I have to adjust, but I don’t let my chair hold me back.” This includes everyday things such as being a father and having a career to the more adventurous activities like skydiving and racing in multiple marathons, which have changed drastically over the years to be more accessible for competitors living with a spinal cord injury.

“When I first raced in ’90 and ’91, there was no such thing as a hand cycle, so I used a modified wheelchair. I was actually stopped as I got near the finish line, and they asked me to stop and wait for the able-bodied runners to finish first,” Alan said. This did not sit lightly with him or his brother Daniel, who is a lawyer, so they decided to take action. “A few other adaptive racers and I sued to make the marathon more accessible and have a prize for the winner in our division. It is great to see that not only the race, but also the city become more wheelchair accessible since I lived there years ago."

Now twenty-five years later he is back with the hopes of raising $260,000 for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s The Big Idea initiative, with the help of his new bike from CAF. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Challenged Athletes again, and be a part of this race,” Alan said, “I honestly don’t care about winning; that is the last thing on my mind. I want to bring awareness to keep the Reeve name and mission alive in the community, and inspire others living with an SCI to show how much is possible while living with the injury. The Reeve Foundation and the SCI community are doing great things, and I want everyone to know about it.”

Find out more about the event here.