Wheelchair athlete ready for Kokoda crawl

PNG correspondent Liam Fox, ABC November 8, 2009, 5:14 pm

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Australian champion wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley has arrived at the start of the Kokoda Track for what could be his toughest challenge yet.
Less than a week after winning his fourth New York marathon, Kurt Fearnley arrived at Kokoda to begin the 96-kilometre jungle trek.
"Driving over the top looking down, you kind of go this is a little crazy, but I still think it's doable," he said.
The track is not wheelchair friendly so Fearnley has had special pads and gloves made.
After more than decade of wheelchair racing, he has had to teach himself to crawl again.
But he will have plenty of help along the way as two brothers, four cousins and eight friends are trekking with him.
Fearnley and his group hope to reach Owers Corner at the southern end of the track in 10 days' time.

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