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NYC Marathon

Denise Larnier is a passionate ICE trike rider who does not let her MS stop her achieving great things. On the 7th of November 2010 Denise is taking part in the New York City marathon on her ICE trike. 

Denise sent an open letter to ICE which we've taken the opportunity to publish below.

All the best Denise in the marathon, we're right behind her here at ICE.


Denise's Letter


Howdy ICE folks,

You might remember me from previous correspondence asking (many)
questions in order to purchase my first trike. I have a complicated
set of needs because of health issues & your information/advice was
incredibly helpful, your extreme patience much appreciated. So much so
that I wished more than anything to buy a new trike from you. Not just
because I was convinced of the superior quality & perfect match for
my needs, but because of your incredible kindness & service. In the
end though I was so excited & eager to get riding that I purchased a
used QNT so that I could have a trike
sooner rather than later.

I’m writing to let you know that I’m going to be riding my 2006 QNT in
the ING New York City Marathon on November 7th of this year. I’m the
first challenged athlete granted permission to utilize a recumbent trike as
“reasonable accommodation” for a disability (MS) in the history of the
marathon. I suppose you may already have disabled athletes using your
trikes in marathons there in the UK, but over here – and with the
large, prestigious marathons most especially – race directors still
aren’t keen on anybody but runners (and elite ones at that) in their
races. And while there are events specific to disabled athletes I
believe very much in, and desire, inclusion, which is why I consider
the opportunity to be a part of the NYC Marathon an incredible
privilege.

I will be a member of Team LFF, the Leary Firefighters Foundation – an
organization I’m very passionate about:

http://www.learyfirefighters.org/about-us/foundation-history/

They have done tremendous work, such as rebuilding 11 firehouses in
New Orleans in the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,
providing much-needed equipment & training to firehouses all over the
US, responding to the events of September 11, raising 1.9 million in
funds that went directly to the families of 343 firefighters who
perished in the line of duty. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part
of Team LFF and to have a chance at my lifelong dream of crossing the
finish line of the NYC Marathon. A dream I thought I’d given up
forever when I was diagnosed w/multiple sclerosis over a decade ago.

I hope you know how much the fine trikes you build mean to people like
me who no longer have the option of riding a bike. In fact I cannot
even ambulate without the help of my (adorable & devoted) mobility assistance service dog,
Luke. When I’m out riding I feel the glorious independence &
freedom and adventure of cycling that I haven’t been able to enjoy in over
12 years. This trike has changed my life dramatically; I can hardly
believe how I feel: strong & capable & decidedly *not*
disabled. When I’m flying down the bike path with the breeze whooshing
past, the wheels powered by my own ability & endurance, I feel
healthy & unbroken, triumphant. A drastic difference from how I
usually feel as part & parcel of going about life w/ MS.

I’m sure every owner of a recumbent trike takes great pleasure in it,
but the owners of ICE trikes have to be the happiest of the lot, no
doubt. I thank you for creating such stellar pieces of wheeled
artwork. These masterpieces of 3 wheels & chromoly, bits of anodized
aluminum & chain – that you’ve spent 25 years engineering into the
ultimate design – have given me back so much, not the least of which
is the title of “athlete” – something I never imagined I’d be able to
reclaim. I’ll ride Starbuck with the utmost pride on race day. I’m
sure there will be a lot of attention paid to her & you can rest
assured that I will be saying ICE ICE ICE ICE as loudly & clearly as
possible! I wish you could be there to see her cross the finish line
of one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.

With humble gratitude & great reverence for your craft,

Denise Lanier

Houston, TX

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Find out more about Denise on her blog