Patrick Rummerfield Sets World's First by Becoming the First Fully Functional Quadriplegic to Race Drag Boat

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At the recent SDBA Nationals, Patrick Rummerfield achieved another world's first, by becoming the first fully functional spinal cord injury (SCI) quadriplegic in history to successfully race a drag boat. The drag run will be used to set world water speed record. Mr. Rummerfield will also attempt world record with electric aircraft.

Pat gives a "thumbs up" from his drag boat

I made it a point to ensure that my life's experiences are proof to those who are experiencing difficulties, that a 'can-do' attitude, determination, and an iron will plays a major role in going from the depth of despair to the feeling that the sky's the limit

At the recent SDBA Nationals, Patrick Rummerfield achieved another world's first, by becoming the first fully functional spinal cord injury (SCI) quadriplegic in history to successfully race a drag boat.

In the sultry Texas heat, Mr. Rummerfield raced the Stock Eliminator class drag boat in front of a cheering crowd gathered at Marine Creek Lake in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Mr. Rummerfield was able to establish his newest world's first thanks to the support of Mike Albright, of Albright and Associates, in Odessa, TX, who made his "747 Wat'er the ODDS" drag boat available to Patrick.

"It's always an honor to go down in history as being part of a first time record," said Mr. Albright. "Since this was Patrick's first run we detuned the motor just a little to be on the cautious side. But after watching him at the starting line and through the run, we thought he was great -- he raced like a pro! Pat is an inspiration to everyone!"

"I made it a point to ensure that my life's experiences are proof to those who are experiencing difficulties, that a 'can-do' attitude, determination, and an iron will plays a major role in going from the depth of despair to the feeling that the sky's the limit," said Mr. Rummerfield. "Every world's first is dedicated to those who never give up, to their friends and families, and to all those who support their efforts."

Mr. Rummerfield, who is rumored to be in talks with a car racing team for races in the NASCAR, ARCA, and ADRL circuits, navigated the drag boat at a speed around 65 mph. "Still quick for the water, but I'm sure he's going to go a lot faster!" commented Mike Albright.

Mr. Rummerfield commented that he will use this experience to prepare himself for the upcoming attempt at breaking another world record. Ed Dempsey, founder of Dempsey's World Record Associates (DWRA), is supporting Patrick's effort by supplying the electric motors and running gear, and by modifying the boat that will be used by DWRA race team to set the new world water record. Mr. Dempsey has also expressed an interest in developing an electric powered airplane to allow Patrick to take his electric racing
records to the air.

"Can you imagine? A world record for speed in electric vehicle set on land, water, and air. This is what dreams are made of. This is what the American spirit is all about: you can't break it. You just can't break it!" commented Mr. Rummerfield, whose primary focus, when setting these records, is to bring awareness to the importance of activity based restorative therapy and paralysis research.

About Patrick Rummerfield:
Patrick Rummerfield is the first fully functional SCI quadriplegic in the history of medicine. Following a 1974 car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, Patrick entered an uncharted and grueling regimen of physical therapy and physical and psychological support. With sheer determination and an iron will, Patrick regained function to his limbs, and went on to race marathons all over the world, including the Ironman Triathlon, the Gobi Desert march, and the Antarctica marathon, and to establish the FIA World Land Speed record on an electric car, along with 33 World Firsts. Today Patrick works with the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute and has co-founded Adventures on Wheels, a nonprofit organization developed to bring the world of adventure to those affected by spinal cord injury. Patrick is an accomplished motivational speaker and is in the process of writing a book about his incredible life story. For additional information visit Patrick Rummerfield's website.

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