December 8, 2016: Charlie Plaskon spent most of his life thinking that recreational running was a foolish way to exercise. That’s why he didn’t actually try it until he retired at the age of 55.
Quickly, his opinion began to change. Not quite 2 decades later, Charlie has completed more than 50 full 26.2 marathons and 8 full Ironman triathlons.
And despite meniscal tears in both knees, multiple hernias, a rotator cuff tear, and a back injury that left him unable to walk, the now 73-year-old is determined to keep going. These are all impressive accomplishments considering his age, and that he is legally blind.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Charlie discusses how he turned to physical therapy to help him return to an active lifestyle, and shares his story about how his vision has never gotten in the way of accomplishing his goals.
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Charlie Plaskon is a retired industrial arts teacher, marathon runner, tri-athlete, and a motivational speaker. Diagnosed with degenerative macular disease as a young child, he experienced deteriorating vision throughout his life. He is married with 3 kids, 4 grandchildren, and is an accomplished endurance athlete.