PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) — A paralyzed man finished the Portlandathon half-marathon Sunday after walking the course through the night in a robotic exoskeleton.
“I didn't think it would ever end, so to finally cross the finish line feels amazing," said Adam Gorlitsky.
Gorlitsky, a former track star, was paralyzed from the belly button down in a car crash back in 2005.
Three years ago, he was chosen as a candidate for a robotic exoskeleton that helps him walk.
Now he's traveling the country, participating in races and raising awareness about the new technology.
Gorlitsky got a head start on the other runners, embarking around 6 p.m. Saturday and walked through the night as friends and family helped swap out the exoskeleton's battery. He also posted updates on Facebook throughout the half-marathon.
He crossed the finish line around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after walking for roughly 20 hours straight.
Gorlitsky uses the races to raise money for his nonprofit "I Got Legs." The organization helps those with disabilities afford mobility technology, like his exoskeleton.