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The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete
Title: The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete
Author: Matt Long
Crushed by a bus while bicycling, New York City firefighter Matt Long was transformed from an elite athlete to a man that might never walk again. Despite a gloomy prognosis, five months in the hospital and 40 operations, he never takes his mind off the goal: finishing the NYC marathon again.
On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level.
In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, his doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.