Double-Amputee 'Blade Runner' from Northampton aims for 2020 Par - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Double-Amputee 'Blade Runner' from Northampton aims for 2020 Paralympics

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Troy Cronin is a double-amputee blade runner from Northampton.

"When I was one-and a half years old I got bacterial meningitis which caused sepsis to form which caused me to lose my legs below the knee and seven digits in my hands," Cronin said.

During the ordeal, Cronin was air-lifted from Northampton to Boston.

"I was in a coma for 9 days," Cronin said.

Years later he's a sprinter. Since sophomore year as a member of the track team, Troy has been training with the rest of his teammates.

"Those workouts were to build my strength up so I'd be able to run,” Cronin said. “My prostheses is was using were giving me a lot of skin abrasions, blisters and they wouldn't stay on very well"

Cronin traveled all the way to Nashville, Tennessee to be fitted for prosthetic running legs. His trip was funded by a ‘Go-Fund-Me' page.

Western Mass News caught up with Troy at Northampton High School as he was preparing for a race the next day, however, his goals span far beyond high school track.

"My long term goal is to make the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo," Cronin said.

While working to achieve those goals, his training regimen begins on his home track on lane #4.

"There's ‘Northampton' spelled across the lane,” Cronin said. “I try to run with really good form when I'm going across those letters because that's kind of the kick of the race, the last 50 meters."

Cronin can also look forward to future races including the New England Championships.

For Troy and the Blue Devil teammates of Northampton High School, it all comes one stride at a time.

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