Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ted Gullatt was the final participant to cross the finish line at Saturday's Shamrock Shuffle but his performance was inspiring.
Approximately a year ago the Summerville doctor had to have his right leg amputated due to an infection and replaced with prosthesis. Soon after he decided to not let that stop him from being active.
Gullatt joined the Summerville YMCA and made use of its stationary bicycles and weight equipment. The rehab was going well so he decided to try something a little more ambitious.
“I just wanted to get back to being active but I heard about the one-mile fun run one day so I thought I would give it a try,” he said. “I started walking a little bit and increased my distance more and more until I got to where I felt I could do the full mile. This is my first race and I used my cane but I enjoyed it.”
The one-mile run/walk is the last event of the annual Shamrock Shuffle, which also includes a 5K run/walk and 10K run/walk. As the final participant for the event, Gullatt received a police escort down the home stretch of the course.
He strolled across the finish line with a smile on his face, seemingly not even winded, to the cheer of a large crowd that had turned out.
“I'm working hard and I hope to be back where I once was soon,” he said.
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