Achilles Freedom Team helps wounded warriors take part in Detroit marathon

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Tomorrow Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes will be among thousands participating in the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon.

It will be his fourth marathon since losing both his legs nearly two years ago when he stepped on an IED while serving in Afghanistan.

Now, after more than 60 surgeries, he's ready to take on the 26.2-mile course.

Hayes is among the wounded veterans who are tuning up their hand-cranked cycles for the marathon thanks to the "Achilles Freedom Team."

The organization, which helps servicemen overcome injuries, partnered with GM and Michigan Technological University to give these cyclists the red carpet treatment before the race.

Michigan Tech senior Brett Jenkins and his classmates are taking the teaching out of the school and into the Renaissance Center where they're tweaking up the cycles.

Students like Brett aren't just giving their time and energy - they're giving the gift of empowerment. You can learn more about Achilles Freedom team by visiting

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