European amputee team to run Eindhoven Marathon<BR> - 9th October

For the first time in the history of the Eindhoven Marathon, a unique team of four disabled European athletes will be participating by way of a relay race. Sponsored by Ossur, the four amputees will run the 2005 marathon using specially developed sports prostheses. For the first time in the history of the Eindhoven Marathon, a unique team of four disabled European athletes will be participating by way of a relay race. Sponsored by Ossur, the four amputees will run the 2005 marathon using specially developed sports prostheses.

Running 10km each and the final 2km together, the team is aiming to show the world not only how a physical disability need not involve limitations, but also how it can challenge the spirit to accomplish even greater things.

Good luck from all of us at Ossur.

Photos and marathon report to follow. More information: www.marathoneindhoven.nl

The Team

Tom Fugers (21) is from the Netherlands. After contracting meningitis in 1996, Tom?s right leg had to be amputated. Before then, Tom was an ambitious skater. Now he?s an even greater sports fanatic, aiming for the Paralympics. Currently focusing on the 400m sprint, Tom continues to raise the bar. It is his intention to win the world championships.

Dirk Timm (43) is German. A sporting enthusiast for many years, Dirk won the German 400m sprint in 1994 before he lost his left leg after a traffic accident a number of years ago. Today he is involved in many different sports, including soccer, cycling and running relay races. In addition to the Eindhoven race, Dirk also plans to run a half-marathon in Hannover in 2006. His dream is to enter the legendary New York marathon.


Pierre Denis (37) is from Belgium. In 1993 he broke his leg during a soccer match. Medical mistakes led to the amputation of his right leg, but that hasn?t slowed Pierre?s sporting ambitions. A gold-medal winner at the European Athletics Championships in 1997, Pierre is currently training for a number of marathons and half-marathons around the world.


Franck Festor (34) is French. A motorbike accident in 1987, followed by seven years of medical complications, led to a lower-limb amputation. The result was a great relief to Franck, who was an enthusiastic triathlete at the time. These days he is an active cyclist, swimmer and runner, concentrating most of his efforts on international marathon running.