A MARATHON-A-DAY FOR TYLER LUSCOMBE FOR PARA-ALPINE SKIING AWARENESS
Calgary, Alta. (October 31, 2018) – A marathon a day for nine consecutive days. That is the mission that Tyler Luscombe has put on himself in order to raise money and awareness for his younger brother Braydon, a member of the Canadian Paralympic Ski team.
Tyler’s journey will start this Friday, Nov 2, in Penticton and will end 9 days later, on Saturday, November 10, at Braydon’s home town in Victoria, BC. The exact finish area location is the Topaz Park soccer field, 841 Finlayson St. in Victoria, between 2PM and 4PM. Tyler along with his team Braydon Kellet and Melissa Irish will run a full marathon each day for a total of 432km. Followed by a motorhome that will accompany them on this adventure allowing each team member to rest as someone is running. The goal is to raise $10,000 to cover team fees and equipment costs required of Braydon for the 2018/2019 ski season. Being a part of the Canadian Paralympic team is a full time, year-round commitment, and funding can be a challenge for some athletes. Tyler’s idea to raise money to support Braydon’s upcoming ski season and help him continue to live out his passion of ski racing while representing his country, is an example of how sport connects families and communities at all levels.
“For all the travelling, training, time spent away from home for my brother and all the efforts he puts into his sport to perform as an athlete, nine days of running is a small sacrifice to help him follow his dreams.” – Tyler Luscombe
Braydon Luscombe, 26, a member of the team since 2011, has stepped on the World Cup podium twice in his career, and continues to be a threat in the men’s standing category. Braydon competed in the Slalom, Super Combined, Super-G and Downhill races at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, with Tyler and entire family pulling Braydon down the hill to his eighth place finish in the Super G. Luscombe has recorded 23 top-10 finishes at IPC World Cup races and won bronze in downhill at last year’s World Cup Finals at the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
Braydon became an amputee at the age of 5 when he lost his right leg to necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease). Braydon and his family have never let his amputation slow him down and gave the entire Luscombe family a reason to explore their local ski hill at Mt. Washington. Braydon is a young athlete full of determination, humbleness and drive to succeed, and Tyler is running these marathon-distance runs in Braydon’s honor and to help support his passionate pursuit of Para-Alpine goals while representing his country.
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