Pushing the Limit

MDA Team Momentum runner pushes his son across the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon

After running three marathons with MDA Team Momentum since 2014, Will Farr was ready for a bigger challenge. 

Farr had previously pushed his 14-year-old son, Owen, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), in a racing chair for a 4-mile race as part of a charitable initiative of the men’s workout group F3 Nation. In a video made to promote the initiative, Owen was asked if he thought his dad would push him in a marathon. Of course, Owen’s answer was “Yes,” and Farr decided to prove Owen right. In October, at the 2017 Marine Corps Mara-thon in Washington, D.C., Farr pushed Owen for the entire 26.2-mile race.

“It was really exciting,” Farr says. “For one, there were a whole lot of other people pushing chairs, and it was fun to be around them on the race course. We kind of stood out and you get a lot of crowd support. But also, it was fun being there with Owen, waving to people we knew. It was really a good time for us to be together.”

While pushing Owen through the marathon was tough work, Farr says seeing the big crowds cheering for him and his son kept him going. 

“It was fun. I liked seeing the people cheering for me,” says Owen. 

Beyond taking in the enormous amount of crowd support, Farr also had a lot of support from his friends and family, who donated to his run. In this race, he raised more than $5,300 for MDA Team Momentum. Combined with his previous races, this brought his total to more than $26,000 raised to support MDA’s mission. 


Join the Team Today

With MDA Team Momentum, the miles you run can raise awareness of MDA and raise funds to further research breakthroughs and provide health care and everyday support for kids and adults in your hometown. Registrations are now live for 2018 events, and a limited number of entries are available. Learn more about upcoming races, and register today!

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