Wheel­chair ath­lete in spot­light

Annapolis Valley Register - - COVER STORY -

World-class wheel­chair ath­lete Ben Brown of Cam­bridge said it felt pretty good to ar­rive back at Ray­mond Field to a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter com­plet­ing the 10 km Val­ley Har­vest Marathon course in an un­of­fi­cial time of 28:35.

“At that point too I was just fo­cus­ing on fin­ish­ing re­ally, re­ally strong and mak­ing sure I had a great race,” he said.

It was a great race for Brown, who es­tab­lished his third best time on a 10 km course. He hopes to break the 28-minute mark next year.

Brown said the ex­pe­ri­ence was a great tune-up for Oita, Ja­pan, where he’ll be com­pet­ing in ei­ther a half or full marathon in three weeks. He’ll be do­ing 160 to 200 km in road­work a week for the next two weeks in prepa­ra­tion.

He’s ex­cited to be com­pet­ing with some of the best road rac­ers in the world and to be get­ting his new race chair. Brown has his sights set firmly on rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the 2020 Par­a­lympic Sum­mer Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan, and will be work­ing to­ward this goal over the next cou­ple of years.

KIRK STARRATT

Wheel­chair ath­lete Ben Brown of Cam­bridge com­pleted the Val­ley Har­vest Marathon’s 10 km course with an un­of­fi­cial time of 28:35.

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