Running with purpose
Dr. Darren Smith to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon Sunday
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A local man is not letting a medical condition stop him from doing what he enjoys.
Dr. Darren Smith, of Camas, has "foot drop" -- paralysis of his lower left leg and foot. He acquired the weakness of the tibialis anterior muscle in 2002, after he underwent a surgical procedure to help embolize a soft tissue mass on his back.
After using braces that helped with lateral stabilization, Smith found the Allard USA ToeOFF brace in August 2010. His athletic accomplishments include winning the 2012 and 2010 Canadian National Paratriathlon championships and the 2012 PATCO/PanAm Paratriathlon Championship.
The events include swimming, bicycling and running.
"I feel incredible to have competed against some of the fastest in the world," Smith said. “Just because the word 'para' is used in front of a sport, does not make people slow. There are some fast people with missing limbs out there. The category I compete in includes below-the-knee amputees."