Nov. 6, 2015
- Wounded IDF Vet Knows No Bounds – Tess Cutler
Adi Deutsch, an IDF veteran, stepped on an antipersonnel land mine in 1979 while returning from a mission in Lebanon. The explosion ultimately took his right leg; he was 20 years old. Deutsch, now 56, will run in the New York City Marathon for the first time. Ever since 2000, Deutsch has been cycling competitively. He has participated at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in a triathlon in Roth, Germany, and an Ironman in Frankfurt. In Israel, he took first place at the Tiberias Marathon.
At one point, Deutsch considered running to be his weakest athletic skill, opting instead to focus on cycling and swimming. In 2012, Deutsch was among 12 participants who received athletic prosthetics thanks to the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Strides Program, an initiative that provides special sports prosthetics for wounded IDF veterans. (Tablet)