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Adventurous amputee inspiring others to reach lofty goals

December 14, 2018 07:16 PM

Recovering from a traumatic injury can be so daunting, sometimes people just give up – not Darryl Partridge. His athletic accomplishments after undergoing amputation to one of his legs is inspiring.

It's one thing to run a race with a prosthetic leg, but Partridge didn't stop there. He's medaled in the grueling Spartan Races.

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He shared his story with NewsChannel 13 at Vent Fitness in Clifton Park, where he now helps others reach their goals.

"What I do and I live every day, is to show other amputees what they can come out and do," explained Partridge.

What this 53-year-old father of three grown children can do is amazing. Ten years ago, Partridge suffered an injury to his ankle. He's not really sure what happened, but it triggered six years of surgeries and pain, permeating his days leading to the dramatic decision to have his leg amputated four years ago.

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"When I woke up from the surgery, it was a huge weight off my shoulder," he explained.

Ready to reclaim the active life he'd been sidelined from, he asked to walk the first post-op day.

In short order, he was back in the gym and signed up with a trainer.

"So when I met with the trainer the first day, I said, ‘I want you to push me harder than you push any of your other clients. I want to be treated 100 percent normal and I want you to sort of forget I have one leg,'" he recalled.

His strength literally grew by leaps and bounds. Forced to stop teaching elementary school because of the pain prior to the amputation, Partridge found a new passion - and became a certified personal trainer.

One of his clients introduced him to the Tough Mudder race series - running and enduring a host of physical challenges. That led to the Spartan series --again, running and negotiating obstacles - a metaphor for his life.  

"When you put yourself through adversity, your life is easier when you've gotten through that adversity," he said.

The first weekend in December, Partridge completed the coveted "Spartan Trifecta" by competing in a "Beast Spartan" in Florida. It's a 14-mile run intermingled with 40 obstacles.

Earlier this year, he completed a Sprint Spartan at Fenway Park, three-mile run, four obstacles and a "Super Spartan," eight miles and 30 obstacles.

The medals are proof of his accomplishment. 

"They call it a beast for a reason," he joked.

Along with the Spartan events are 15 local races of varying distances completed in 2018.

"I'm Darryl the athlete, always," he assured. "I'm also out there because I want other amputees to see me and come out and do it."

"Wherever I am, I'm Darryl the athlete. I'm not Darryl the amputee," he added.

Still to be tackled, running a marathon – and there's always another beast on the horizon.

"I'm going to do it again next year, of course," he said with a smile.

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Benita Zahn

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