Re­demp­tion rid­ing on Mud­gett’s re­turn race

Wood­bine res­i­dent suf­fered bro­ken back in ’14 ac­ci­dent

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Mike Klinga­man

Jimmy Mud­gett’s rac­ing shirt bears an eerie im­age: a skele­tal X-ray of the bones in his back. It looks more like a Hal­loween cos­tume than what one would wear for Iron­man Mary­land, a gru­el­ing triathlon set for to­day in Cam­bridge.

Look closely at that X-ray and you’ll see the hard­ware sur­round­ing Mud­gett’s spine, a me­tal cage held in place by rods, pins and screws. There’s a ti­ta­nium brace in­side him, along with a steely per­sis­tence to com­plete this race.

In 2014, while rid­ing his bi­cy­cle on a train­ing run in Fred­er­ick County, Mud­gett was struck by a car, slam­ming him to the ground and break­ing his back. Three years and many re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions later, he is set to tackle the Iron­man, an oner­ous chal­lenge com­prised of swim­ming (2.4 miles), cy­cling (112 miles) and run­ning (26.2 miles).

That Mud­gett can walk at all is a mir­a­cle, Jimmy Mud­gett, 30, will be com­pet­ing in the Iron­man Mary­land triathlon to­day, three years af­ter a se­ri­ous bike ac­ci­dent that could have left him par­a­lyzed.

KEN­NETH K. LAM/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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