Amputee Blade Runners hosts inaugural Blades and Bikes duathlon

By September 14, 2015Swiftwick News

Swiftwick is excited to announce their partnership with the Amputee Blade Runners for their inaugural Blades and Bikes Duathlon. This event will take place on Sept. 20, 2015, at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center in Nashville, Tenn. at 8 a.m.

Proceeds for this duathlon will go to help athletes like Kevin Kraus, a triathlete who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Despite this tragedy, Kraus desired to continue his active lifestyle. However, without a running prosthesis, it was difficult for him continue to pursue his passions.  Each step was painful until he found the Amputee Blade Runners.

 “My attitude, not my accident, would determine my reality,” said Kevin Kraus, ABR athlete.  “As I contemplated what that meant, I began picturing myself as an amputee doing the same things I loved doing before the accident. I saw myself crossing the finish line at a triathlon or competing in a CrossFit competition again, but this time with a prosthetic leg.”

Running prosthetics are not considered to be medically necessary. Therefore, amputees who are craving active lifestyles are hindered from pursuing their athletic goals since insurance companies will not cover this cost. The Amputee Blade Runners is a non-profit organization that strives to helps those like Kevin live active lifestyles by providing free running prosthetics to adaptive athletes.

“Swiftwick is excited to continue our relationship with the Amputee Blade Runners,” said Chuck Smith, president of Swiftwick. “We want to continue to work with organizations that are helping other achieve their athletic goals.”

All athletes participating in the duathlon will receive a pair of Swiftwick socks. All Swiftwick socks are built with Managed Compression. In addition, these socks are also moisture wicking, blister-free and anti odor. The company also created the VALOR line to help adaptive athletes reach maximum performance by utilizing the most advanced moisture management worn under the liner sock. 

The duathlon will consist of individual and team divisions. Competitors will run three miles, bike 12 miles and end with a 2-mile run. Packet pick-up will be Friday, Sept 18th at Fleet Feet Brentwood and on-site on race day.

To learn more about the Amputee Blade Runners, visit