Feat of Endurance


Courtesy of Andrew Pike

First-time marathoner runs to honor others who live with cystic fibrosis and diabetes and to salute first responders


Andrew Pike, Medic/Trainer – Marathon

On August 1, when I heard the news about the I35W bridge collapse, I jumped in my car to help. I, along with 15 other medics and nurses from the area, helped treat the construction workers who stood on the bridge when it fell. As I talked with one of the men, I knew that out of this tragedy a miracle had occurred. He looked me in the eyes and said, “I don’t know why I’m standing here; I really shouldn’t be, but I am blessed.â€

As men living with cystic fibrosis, my brother John and I will run the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon to honor the other 30,000 CF’ers who struggle for every breath they take. As a diabetes sufferer, I will also run to prove to the other 20 million Americans with diabetes that the disease doesn’t control them. And, as a first responder, I will run to salute those who go above and beyond the call of duty during disasters to help others in their greatest time of need.