Jeff Bauman will run his first-ever road-race just three years after losing both his legs in the twin-bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Bauman, 30, will run in the ‘Celebrity Mile’ at the Runner’s World Classic that will be held at Merrimack College from July 15–17.
Bauman was just a few feet from the first explosion on Boylston Street near the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon as he watched his now-wife, Erin, finish the marathon.
“I played hockey and baseball growing up. I always hated running,” Bauman told the Eagle Tribune. “I have never even thought about entering a race. But I really want to do this. I’m going to go slow. I’m guessing my daughter, Nora (two in July), will be pulling me to go faster.”
Bauman now has two prosthetic legs and uses a cane to get around. He says that he walks about a mile to two miles on his prosthetic legs
A movie about his experience at the marathon finished filming last week. He will be played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the motion picture. Bauman and Gyllenhaal threw out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox game on April 18.
- Chris Chavez