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Preparing for Boston: Natick Paralympian talks about training for the Boston Marathon


At 26, Anjali Forber-Pratt is one of the top US paralympians. Raised in Natick, she won a bronze medal in the 400-meter wheelchair racing event at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. She gave this telephone interview from Chicago, where she is training for her first Boston Marathon next month.

You've mostly been a speed racer. Why the Boston Marathon now?

From the Garden

At the Garden in Boston, I received a standing ovation from all 19,000 fans as I was recognized as a “Hero Among Us”. Wow! What a breath-taking experience! Being out on center court, taking it all in was a fabulous experience. I had the opportunity to share my athletic successes as well as the things in life I am most passionate about with the world! The last time I experienced a crowd that big and that welcoming was in Beijing in 2008 at the Bird’s Nest. It brought back some wonderful memories and created some new ones too!

Thoughts Post-Worlds

Sorry for the delay in posting this...a girl's gotta recover from jetlag! Here are some thoughts of mine post-worlds...

Silver in the 100m & Gold in the 200m!

Just wanted to share some news ... I did it yesterday! Won Gold in my 200m and world championship record!!!! There was quite a strong headwind, so I'm still chasing the world record, but to be on the podium and hear our favorite song was pretty awesome for sure. I had the field by more than a chair length I'm told. Chinese took silver and bronze. I've got a day of rest today (thankfully!) and then we go head to head with China for our 4x400m relay on Thursday and then I have 400m prelim on Friday.

Opening Ceremonies are Tomorrow!

We’ve had quite the eventful week, actually, day in Christchurch, New Zealand. It all started with a 5.1 earthquake that woke us from our sleep this morning. We’ve actually had something like 7 quakes/aftershocks since 5pm yesterday (Sidenote: I really should have paid more attention in geology class to understand more about these darn things!). We’re all fine and are here to tell the story. My roommate is such a CA girl, when we woke up to the whole hotel shaking, it takes a moment to realize what all is going on, and we said, oh it’s an earthquake. The next thing I know, she’s back asleep!

From the Land Down Under

From Sydney, Australia: Pre-Worlds Training Camp

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Good Morning!

I can't believe it, but Worlds are actually finally here!! It seems like something we've been talking about for so long and preparing for. I leave the country today for a training camp in Australia and then on to Christchurch, New Zealand. Competition begins January 21. As much as I'm there focusing on what I'm there for, I do like to know what's going on back at home especially because I still have to wait until the end of Jan for competition to actually begin, so keep the Facebook messages and email through my website here coming!

Baystate Parent Magazine Article: Anjali's Story

Check out the article from this month's Baystate Parent Magazine here.

The Amazing Anjali --- Boston Globe Story

Today's Boston Globe has a story about me!!

Read it here!

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