Legend has it that the modern day marathon race was inspired by the Battle of Marathon, where Greek soldier Pheidippides ran the full distance back to Athens to deliver a message. He also died shortly after delivering the message, which showed just how arduous the entire journey was.
Even today, it takes some serious mettle and an extensive amount of training to be fit enough to complete the 42.2km event. But that’s not enough for Andre Cherbonnier. Andre ran the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2018 blindfolded to raise funds for Happy Hearts Indonesia, a charity that aims to help children who have been affected by natural disasters by helping them rebuild schools.
This already challenging endeavour was made even harder when he tore his ACL and MCL just two weeks before the big race, but his perseverance and determination meant that he wasn’t giving up. With the help of some special crutches by BW Health, his supportive team of guide runners, and the world record holder for the fastest completed marathon on crutches, Brandon LaBella, Andre did the unthinkable and completed a full marathon with these added handicaps.
Thanks to the efforts of Andre and his team of dedicated supporters, they’ve managed to raise 85 percent of their SGS$35,000 goal (over SGD$29,000).
To find out more about Happy Hearts Indonesia, visit https://happyheartsindonesia.org/
Video footage: Muhd Farhan and Gilbert Wong
Text by Gilbert Wong