November 2, 2013

Norwood's Brown wins fight to compete in NYC Marathon

By Joshua Kummins

Matt Brown (center) did the ceremonial puck drop for a game between the Bruins and Islanders at TD Garden in March 2012. (Getty Images)

The story of 19-year-old Matt Brown is well known throughout the New England region and the world.

Brown, a Norwood, Mass., native, was paralyzed during a Norwood High hockey game in 2010 and has since teamed up with hometown friend and military veteran Lucas Carr to complete several marathons and half-marathons. Two years ago, the duo finished the grueling Boston Marathon course with Carr pushing Brown in a modified wheelchair.

But when entering the New York Marathon came about, the duo was denied due to rules that state the marathon allows only those who can propel themselves.

Brown stuck by his “never quit” motto, and the two have since been granted the opportunity to run the New York City course on Sunday.

“We’re one unit,” Brown told WBZ. “We may look like a team, but we compete as one unit.”

“It’s telling me and Matt, ‘No, you can’t do this,’ and that’s discrimination,” Carr said. “It doesn’t make him less of a person just because I push him.”

When the New York Road Runners - the Marathon's organizing committee - announced Brown and Carr's appeal of the rejection was reversed, it was stated the move was to continue “special efforts to recognize and show solidarity with Boston” after the April attacks at the Boston Marathon.

The ING New York City Marathon commences on Sunday morning on the east end of Staten Island and will pass through all five city boroughs.

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