In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. If you’re running the marathon, you can share your #WhyImRunningBoston story here.
Name: Kevin Flike
From: Weymouth, Massachusetts
Just days after I was shot in the abdomen during combat operations in Afghanistan, I promised myself I would run a marathon. This was a tall order for a man who was placed in the Intensive Care Unit with a fractured hip, 20 percent of his colon removed, and a paralyzed left leg. I underwent 6 surgeries that have left me with over 40 inches of scars, and performed thousands of hours of physical therapy to relearn simple tasks like walking. Throughout my recovery there were many ups and downs; however, no matter how difficult the process became, I never lost sight of my goal of running a marathon.
3,130 days after being shot in Afghanistan, I will fulfill the promise I made to myself and will be running the Boston Marathon for the TB12 Foundation (Super Bowl champion Tom Brady’s foundation). This foundation helps veterans, along with at-risk and under-privileged athletes, receive free physical therapy and training from the world renowned TB12 team. The TB12 Foundation has been instrumental in improving my quality of life and helping me achieve my goals — including being able to run again. Since I was wounded, it has been my goal to utilize this traumatic experience to help benefit others. I am running this race to not only push myself, but to inspire others in the process. In life we can’t control what happens to us, but we can decide how we react to these situations. I always want to show people that you can turn a tragedy into a triumph. See you at the finish line!
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.