Runners across the state and the country have prepared for the LR Marathon for months, and today (March 3) it finally took place.
Nearly 5,000 people shut down streets as they ran in the LR half and full marathons.
One of the runners, an Arkansan, believed he set not only a personal best but possibly the best time for a runner with cerebral palsy.
Doctors diagnosed Casey Orndorff with cerebral palsy as a toddler.
It impacts his right side.
“I didn’t let it define me,” Orndorff said. “I just wanted to well be who I wanted to be.”
The 28-year-old aimed to run Sunday’s half marathon in under 2 hours.
“One-I’m nervous, nervous, and two- I don’t like the wind but this weather right now is perfect for me because I hate the heat,” Orndorff said. “So the colder the better.”
If he hits that time, Orndorff believes he will do more than set a personal record.
“I haven’t found anyone that has broken the 2-hour barrier with my condition,” he said.
He was one of nearly 5,000 runners on the course.
When he only had a half hour left until that two-hour mark, he shouted, “30 minutes left? 5k. Let’s go!”
After the race was over, An LR marathon official confirmed his official time registered at 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 27 seconds.
“I feel so good but I think my boss will be okay if I take off tomorrow,” Orndorff said.
Despite the exhaustion and the pain, he wanted to leave a message to everyone with cerebral palsy.
“I hope this will motivate you to keep pushing beyond your limits because I certainly pushed well beyond mine today,” Orndorff said.