Crash did not crush his spirit

Crash did not crush his spirit
A disabled runner, Jonathan Lau, will be taking part in the 10km run at the Sundown Marathon on Saturday.

SINGAPORE - Finishing a 10km race may not seem like a big deal.

But for Mr Jonathan Lau, 44, it's nothing short of a miracle.

In 2011, while cycling, he was in a hit-and-run accident that left him with multiple broken bones, including injuries to his spine.

He barely survived the accident. The medical repair work has not stopped.

In December last year, the sales and marketing director had surgery to permanently fuse 16 out of 24 of his vertebrates to prevent spinal cord damage and reduce the risk of paralysis.

Even now, he takes painkillers every day and sometimes has difficulty walking.

But these did not stop him from taking part in the 10km race at the annual Sundown Marathon on Saturday night.

The event attracted about 30,000 runners.

Despite pain in his hips, neck and lower back, he managed to run for 6km before walking the rest of the route, aided by his walking stick.

And tears of joy welled in his eyes when he crossed the finish line just under two hours later, cheered on by family members.

So why did he decide to take part in the event despite his condition?

Mr Lau did it for his daughters, aged 10 and 12.

Even though he used to be very active, he has been living a sedentary lifestyle since the accident. As a result, his weight ballooned from 69kg to 92kg.

He said with a laugh: "Carrying all this excess weight places an extra strain on my back. That's why I decided to become active once more.

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