Lincoln Man Goes for 18th Marathon on Wheels

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Before the runners take off Sunday at the Lincoln Marathon, those competing in wheelchairs will get their head start.

Jason Kerkman will be taking on his 18th marathon in his racing chair. This year will also be his third Lincoln Marathon.

Kerkman's life changed in 1993 when he fell asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle and crashed. He was wearing his seat belt, but was left paralyzed.

Kerkman is paralyzed from the armpits down with no sensation and no finger movement.

Even with limited functions Kerkman says he is fortunate to be able to do marathons. However, it was after the accident that he actually became interested in them.

Kerkman says it was his good friend and mentor that got him interested in competing. Over the years, he worked hard to build up his strength to take part in all kinds of races.

The Lincoln Marathon will be extra special this year for Jason Kerkman because his parents will be in town to cheer him on. They'll also be joined by Kerkman's wife and son.

Kerkman says he hopes to finish the marathon in under three hours. He hopes to finish in under 2 hours and 50 minutes if he is having a good day.