Premera employees honor co-worker who finished Ironman despite paralysis

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Navin Singh being surprised by more than 100 of his co-workers. (Photo courtesy of Premera)
Navin Singh being surprised by more than 100 of his co-workers. (Photo courtesy of Premera)

Ironman Navin Singh welcomePremera employees in Mountlake Terrace welcomed back one of their own last week when Navin Singh, a co-worker with partial leg paralysis, returned to the Premera campus after competing in an Ironman triathlon in Hawaii.

Singh was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Sydrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system, in 1984. At age 18, an attack of the disease left Singh paralyzed from the neck down. Through years of physical and occupational therapy Singh has recovered much of the use of his body, but still experiences some paralysis in his legs.

This year Singh challenged himself to compete in the 140.6 mile Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. Singh was able to complete the 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run in just under the 17-hour limit.

Singh chronicled his training for and participation in the Dec. 3 Ironman event on a special Facebook page, Navin Singh – Journey to Inspire. You can view the page here.

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