My Why: Kristin Gupta

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 22, 2021 # Team Reeve

Kristin using a handcycle. She is posing with her family.Kristin Gupta will be participating on October 31 in the Marine Corps Marathon.

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I joined Team Reeve in 2011 for the New York Marathon, my first marathon. I didn’t know much about handcycling, but I had a goal of crossing the finish line. Team Reeve was and has been one of my biggest supporters. I’m proud to be part of it!

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

When I was first hurt, I had a hard time accepting the adaptive version of the sports I used to love. Athleticism and succeeding in sports had always come easily for me. Then, when I was in a Jet Ski accident, everything looked different and nothing came easily. My biggest challenge was being patient with myself both in my athletics, and in being a teenager (at the time) with a disability. Sports have always been an outlet, and handcycling has been instrumental Kristin smiling wearing a neon shirt and using her handcyclein my health – both mental and physical.

What are you doing to train for the marathon?

This will be my 10th marathon, and only the first time I’ve had a strict training schedule; my body is getting older, so I can’t be as reckless as I was. It was fun while it lasted! This time around, I ride my bike 3-4 times per week before everyone wakes up in the morning. It’s so hot in the Virginia afternoons, so early morning is the best time to get a solid workout.

What are you looking forward to on the day of the race?

I got married in April and this is my husband’s first time coming to my marathon! I’m excited for him to experience the weekend, for us to attend the expo, and for me to eat the energy gummies. My favorite part is the energy gummies.

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