Living Life Through the Windshield
RailWorks Treasurer Glenn Hartrick was a featured speaker at the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) "Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope." Glenn's first event using a handcycle was the Rutgers (University) Unite Half-Marathon in New Jersey, with a handcycle obtained through the CAF.
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“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We need to live life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror. Bad things happen to everybody. We have to pick ourselves up and move forward.”
Those words to live by come from RailWorks’ Glenn Hartrick, corporate treasurer and endurance athlete. After a 2014 accident left Glenn paralyzed below the chest, he has lived by this credo, picking himself up and moving rapidly forward.
Only 10 months to the day after his accident, Glenn was back on the race course. The veteran of more than 150 major races including ironman and half-ironman triathlons, marathons and half-marathons, duathlons, biathlons and 5ks among others is acquiring skills in handcycling. On April 12, 2015, Glenn completed the Rutgers (University) Unite Half-Marathon course in New Brunswick, NJ, on a new handcycle obtained through the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).
“It really is a great organization, supporting myself and many others,” says Glenn. “The Foundation really does make a difference in recovery, both mentally and physically.”
Glenn was among the top honorees at the CAF’s ninth annual fundraising gala, where he addressed the nearly 800 in attendance at the Waldorf Astoria New York. (Watch a video of Glenn’s speech here.) Joining Glenn were about a dozen employees from the corporate and Farmingdale, NY, offices and from RailWorks Track Systems’ office in Sewell, NJ. Alongside Amy Purdy, Paralympic medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant, and pair of young brothers from Idaho – one of whom propelled the other through a triathlon – Glenn shared his inspiring comeback story. Glenn, Amy and the Aldrich brothers were the stars at the “Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope” event to provide challenged athletes with adaptive athletic equipment and other opportunities to live active lifestyles.
Glenn epitomizes “active lifestyle.” Along with working for RailWorks, he is competing in handcycling and wheelchair events that include the New York City Marathon in November. That’s where his passion for distance events began, in 2006, when he was selected through the lottery system to participate.
As Glenn gears up for the world’s largest marathon and many other such races, another of his favorite sayings is appropriate: “Anything is possible.”