Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Alex Balluff Runs 5K

Posted at: 06/21/2013 9:54 PM
Updated at: 06/21/2013 10:46 PM

More than 1,600 people finished the William A. Irvin 5K race Friday evening. But for one young man, it was much more than a race.

Alex Balluff has been training with his family. He suffered traumatic brain injuries during a hit-and-run crash in Duluth almost four years ago. So this race is considered part of his "marathon to recovery."

Supporters ran alongside Balluff and others cheered him on from the sidelines.

"I knew I'd be slow but I didn't worry about how fast I would run it in," Balluff told Eyewitness News. He said it felt good to finish because his "legs were pretty much gone by the end."

Balluff and his family have been spending quite a bit of time sharing their story at schools and at other conferences.