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Quadriplegic athlete inspired by Marines, competes in air station half marathon

By | March 25, 2014

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Paul Kelly sits in his hand-cycle at the finish line after completing the15th Annual Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Half Marathon March 22, 2014. Kelly started participating in various races and events in 2008 with the hopes of raising money and awareness for wounded service members.

Paul Kelly sits in his hand-cycle at the finish line after completing the15th Annual Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Half Marathon March 22, 2014. Kelly started participating in various races and events in 2008 with the hopes of raising money and awareness for wounded service members. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson)


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As he approached the start line of the 15th Annual Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Half Marathon March 22, 2014, Paul Kelly could hear the cheers of active duty service members, other runners and their families. Meanwhile, the American flag attached to his hand-crank bicycle gently waved with the early morning breeze.   Fifty-eight years ago,