Rain isn’t enough to scare 10K Portland marathoners

Runners of all ages and sizes competed in either a half or full marathon

The rain didn't stop runners from participating in the Portland Marathon, October 9, 2016. (KOIN)
The rain didn't stop runners from participating in the Portland Marathon, October 9, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The rain did not stop 10,000 runners from all over the country from pounding the pavement on Sunday morning for the Portland Marathon.

Runners of all ages and sizes competed in either a half or full marathon.

One South Carolina man shared his inspirational story of why he wanted to run the marathon.

Gorlitsky was able to participate in the race because of a robotic exoskeleton.
Gorlitsky was able to participate in the race because of a robotic exoskeleton.

Paralyzed from the waist down, Adam Gorlitsky, founder of IGotLegs.Org, was able to walk two miles of the marathon. He was able to accomplish the feat thanks to a robotic exoskeleton.

Gorlitsky said it’s about never giving up.

“They told me I was never going to walk again. I just want to prove them wrong,” he said.

The Portland Marathon also happens to be a qualifier for the 2017 and 2018 Boston Marathon.