Class Notes Profiles
Never say never
Doctors said Cory Harris, Arts ’11, would never run again. They didn’t know him.
Harris was driving on the expressway near Mukwonago, Wis., on Sept. 28, 2009 when a semi-trailer traveling at nearly 70 mph collided with his car.
The accident almost cost Harris his left leg. Doctors said he would have to learn to walk again, and running was out of the question. For Harris, who ran cross country in high school and made distance running a key part of his life, the diagnosis posed a challenge.
“Once the doctor told me I would likely never run again, I instantly said, ‘Yes, I can,’” Harris says. “You always push more when someone tells you that you can’t do something.”
His recovery was slow and painful. He spent three hours each day doing physical therapy while in a wheelchair.
“I had to mentally and physically teach myself to walk and run again,” he says. “Walking and running is a natural thing. Once I had a rod in my leg, I lost that instinct.”
Since his accident, Harris has finished more than 20 5K races. But he hasn’t stopped with that short distance. He also ran the Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon and Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Next up, he will run a marathon in Italy.
“The goal was to run a 5K race, which turned into a marathon, then the Boston Marathon and now the Rome Marathon,” Harris says. “My lifetime goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states and on all seven continents.” — Elizabeth McGovern