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