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Ken Duke: Unstoppable

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—Ken Duke

Ken Duke is not one to let anything get in his way.

In fact, his journey to the National Ability Center can take as many as four hours each way. It begins with a one-mile walk to a bus stop near his home in Salt Lake City. Next, Ken takes two buses and Park City’s Dial-A-Ride public transit service to meet up with our adaptive sport programs.

 

But, Ken’s real journey can be counted, not in hours, but in miles and years. He shares, “due to a degenerative retinal disease which I inherited, visual impairment has been part of my life from the time I was born.“

“I signed up and did this once a week during the ski season for several years.”

Over the past two decades, Ken’s vision deteriorated, making it challenging for him to continue enjoying the recreational activities he was once passionate about. Then, ten years ago, Ken found the National Ability Center’ ski program.

“I signed up and did this once a week during the ski season for several years,” says Ken. Ken has not stopped moving since.

From running countless miles in numerous marathons to serving as president of the Utah Chapter of the Achilles International, an organization which brings together able-bodied volunteers and runners with disabilities to train in an environment of support and community, Ken has shown many that blindness is not something to hold a person back.

He now regularly makes his way up to Park City to join the National Ability Center for adaptive waterskiing and cycling. On the 22nd of this month, he will be pedaling a tandem bicycle 52 miles in his second Summit Challenge. Ken has been training all summer with the cycling program and notes that, “without the NAC’s cycling program and equipment, I would not have the personal resources to train for this year’s 52-mile Summit Challenge. 

“Without the NAC’s cycling program and equipment, I would not have the personal resources to train for this year’s 52-mile Summit Challenge .”

Cheer Ken on at the 2015 Summit Challenge on August 22nd! Or, you can catch up with the Utah Chapter of Achilles International on Thursdays at 6:30PM in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.


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