Chris Koch, a runner who was born without arms and legs, crossed the finish line at his sixth marathon this weekend. Taking on the Reykajvik marathon in Icelenad, Koch, dressed in a team Canada hockey t-shirt, finished in 4:34:36.
Despite obvious limitations, Koch has worked as a farmer for his entire life, and has been taking on various challenges with the goal of inspiring people to go outside their comfort zone. Earlier this year, he hitchhiked for 18 days from Calgary to St. John’s in Canada and for the past few years, he has competed in running events using a longboard.
Koch wears a custom-made rubber shoe on his right leg when on the board, and says his training as he builds up to race day is similar to other runners, averaging up to 75 miles a week. He got his personal best at the Calgary Marathon earlier this year, finishing in 4:02:08.
Tweeting a before and after photo, he said: “What a day in Reykjavik. I started off the morning having a chat with the President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson. I finished the Reykjavik Marathon, my 6th, in 4 hours 34 min. Not my best time but the course was absolutely beautiful.”