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Watch: Born to Adapt, featuring “Trail Blader” Zachary Friedley

Born to Adapt

A documentary presented by GO SLEEVES

Adaptive runner and GO Sleeves “Trail Blader” Zachary Friedley is on a mission to raise awareness and opportunities for adaptive athletes. This amazing story of humanity and vulnerability shows the common ground found between hardcore ultra-runners and adaptive amateurs – as they discover they are more-than-capable athletes.

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History

Zachary Friedley was born missing his right leg above the knee and several fingers on his right hand. Using a prosthetic leg, he grew up playing baseball and even wrestling for his high school team. He struggled to find adaptive athletes to act as role models in the 80s and 90s, but his family didn’t use the word “disabled” in their home. Today, he works to inspire people of all abilities while advocating for adaptive athletes, welcoming them into outdoor sports to enjoy public lands and parks to their fullest. 

Learn more about Zachary’s journey in this blog post.

The first-ever Born to Adapt event was held in Los Olivos, California in April 2022 where Zachary experienced his own transformation to become an adaptive trail runner at a Born to Run Ultra Endurance Race. Zachary designed and directed a trail running experience for a variety of adaptive athletes with a wide variety of running experience, abilities, limb differences, sight differences and usage of prosthetics or equipment. Some of these athletes had never been on a trail in their life.

The first Born to Adapt event succeeded in the inclusion of these newly-minted adaptive athletes into the trail running community in a beautiful environment full of love and support. 

Zachary and Born to Adapt Plans for 2022

Zachary will be speaking and running throughout 2022 to embody the potential of adaptive runners participating in world-class trail running races, including: 

JUNE 4    ▶  The Run Show Chicago

Chicago, IL
Speaking and release of documentary short-film.

JUNE 9    ▶  GO Sleeves Fun Run

Vail, CO
Featured runner.

JUNE 8-12    GO Pro Games

Vail, CO
Competing

JUNE 25-26    ▶  Western States Endurance Run

Olympic Valley, CA
Support for On Running and Buff USA athletes

AUGUST 22    ▶  UTMB MCC

Chamonix, France
Competing

SEPTEMBER 24-25    ▶ The Run Show LA

Los Angeles, CA
Speaking

SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 10    ▶ Climbing Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Climbing Cotopaxi (Elevation 19,347 ft) in Ecuador with ROMP (Range of Motion Project) 

OCTOBER 19-22    US Trail Running Conference

Mukilteo, WA
Speaking and attending

NOVEMBER 25-27    Ultra Trail Cape Town 20K

Cape Town, South Africa
Competing

FEBRUARY 2023    ▶ Tarawera Ultra Marathon by UTMB

New Zealand
Competing

GO Sleeves Partnership

GO Sleeves Partnership

GO Sleeves, the company that introduced the world’s first and only compression sleeves with built-in kinesiology strips, supports Zachary to help adaptive athletes get more awareness and support for trail events. GO Sleeves has committed to supporting Born to Adapt events through volunteering and by committing $1 from every order at GOSleeves.com to sponsor athletes to participate in Born to Adapt events.Zachary uses GO Sleeves to fight fatigue, allowing him to run longer and recover faster. Unlike other compression products on the market, GO Sleeves products incorporate the same kinesiology taping technology used by doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists to support key joints, ligaments, and tendons. The built-in silicone strips trigger the body’s natural pain reduction capabilities while increasing recuperating blood flow and lymphatic drainage.

Supporters

GO Sleeves

In 2021, Zachary shared his vision for Born to Adapt with the GO Sleeves team and a friendship was born. Because Born to Adapt embodies the GO Sleeves mission to keep every body in motion, a partnership was forged to support everyone’s journey to find their top end.

AllWeDoIsRun

AllWeDoIsRun is proud and excited to support Born To Adapt. Zachary Friedly has created the ideal method to welcome and include Every Body into the trail running community. - Luis Escobar, Owner, AllWeDoIsRun

The Road Dog Podcast – Luis Escobar

The Road Dog Podcast sees value in the Born To Adapt events. Trail Running is now available to Every Body. Zachary Friedley and Born To Adapt are recreating trail running accessibility. The Road Dog Podcast is honored to play a small role in the evolution of Born To Adapt. 

Evan Staley and Rachel Paul

Evan and Rachel have been filming Zach for over a year, documenting his journey as an adaptive athlete and an advocate for outdoor accessibility. Born to Adapt was a natural extension of this mission. They are humbled by the athletes and grateful for the opportunity to share their story.

GO Sleeves Partnership

GO Sleeves, the company that introduced the world’s first and only compression sleeves with built-in kinesiology strips, supports Zachary to help adaptive athletes get more awareness and support for trail events. GO Sleeves has committed to supporting Born to Adapt events through volunteering and by committing $1 from every order at GOSleeves.com to sponsor athletes to participate in Born to Adapt events.

Zachary uses GO Sleeves to fight fatigue, allowing him to run longer and recover faster. Unlike other compression products on the market, GO Sleeves products incorporate the same kinesiology taping technology used by doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists to support key joints, ligaments, and tendons. The built-in silicone strips trigger the body’s natural pain reduction capabilities while increasing recuperating blood flow and lymphatic drainage.

Supporters

GO Sleeves

In 2021, Zachary shared his vision for Born to Adapt with the GO Sleeves team and a friendship was born. Because Born to Adapt embodies the GO Sleeves mission to keep every body in motion, a partnership was forged to support everyone’s journey to find their top end.

AllWeDoIsRun

AllWeDoIsRun is proud and excited to support Born To Adapt. Zachary Friedly has created the ideal method to welcome and include Every Body into the trail running community. 
- Luis Escobar, Owner, AllWeDoIsRun

The Road Dog Podcast – Luis Escobar

The Road Dog Podcast sees value in the Born To Adapt events. Trail Running is now available to Every Body. Zachary Friedley and Born To Adapt are recreating trail running accessibility. The Road Dog Podcast is honored to play a small role in the evolution of Born To Adapt. 

Evan Staley and Rachel Paul

Evan and Rachel have been filming Zach for over a year, documenting his journey as an adaptive athlete and an advocate for outdoor accessibility. Born to Adapt was a natural extension of this mission. They are humbled by the athletes and grateful for the opportunity to share their story.

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