Nate Imhoff is one of those inspiring athletes who turned personal tragedies to victories.
His was a story of triumph after turning his traumatic assault experience into a driving force to run again and finish marathons.
“I really just want to challenge myself that time while trying to bring a positive message that you can change your life, your direction, even your attitude if you just put in the work and change your thoughts,” recalls Nate.
The traumatic experience is now seven years behind him and Nate has found a new reason to keep running.
“I run for people who can’t run but wish they could. They inspire me to really push myself and do the best I can,” shares Nate referring to his brother who has ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic spinal arthritis, and the young and old alike who come up to him and say that they wish to do what he does but physically can’t.
“At this point, running for me has really become more of a privilege.”
It’s no wonder that Nate is so hyped to go international after qualifying for the Boston Marathon during the Chevron Houston Marathon last January.
He plans to complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Abbott WMM), which includes only the six largest marathons in the world namely the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, BMW Berlin-Marathon, Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, and TCS New York City Marathon.
“After those big races, I want to run a marathon in every state,” Nate adds, saying that he has the full support of his family and friends, especially his son and wife Deanna to achieve his athletic goals.
His plans may sound ambitious but as what Nate has proven before as long as he has the right positive mindset, nothing is impossible.
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