73-Year-Old Carlsbad Resident who Suffered Stroke Running, Trains for Marathon
Kie Ho is a 73-year-old runner and Carlsbad resident who suffered a stroke running on Carlsbad Blvd. last year. Since the stroke, he’s had five stents inserted and has a chronic neurological condition that causes him persistent pain. However, rather than leaving running in the dust, he seeks pain relief in exercise and absolutely loves it.
Kie is also a member of the Lucky 13. Lucky 13 participants are among the most inspiring runners looking to conquer the TCMC Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon. These competitors have overcome adversities ranging from fibromyalgia to congenital heart defects and are all competing in their very first marathon. Although Kie is the oldest competitor this year, he’s the only one running the full 26.2! With their Lucky 13 “membership,” Kie and his teammates also get a 6-month training program with Tri-City Wellness Center, which includes personal training specifically geared toward keeping them healthy and fit according to their unique needs.
Kie is also a member of Team Run4Life. The team is well on their way to reaching their goal of $10,000 by race day (Jan. 19), to give to four key beneficiaries – cancer, cardiovascular, orthopaedic/spine, and perinatal services at TCMC.
If you’d like to support Kie in his running efforts, feel free to leave a donation on his fundraising page: http://www.active.com/donate/tricityhospitalfound/kieho
–Information from a TCMC press release