Mountainside Fitness is proud to announce our sponsorship of Jason Rodie, a Paralympics 2016 hopeful. Jason, a 34-year -old living with Cerebral Palsy, hopes to compete in the Long Jump and possibly the 100m in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Jason Rodie has no shortage of goals. With the ultimate objective to help disabled children through a kids camp and a shorter term goal of competing in the Paralympics, you can’t argue with Jason’s ambition. That ambition comes in handy for his very busy life. He juggles 35 hours of training, a part time job, 2 kids and another on the way – all with a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis. The way Jason sees it, “Everyone has certain “disabilities,” be they financial, physical, etc. I just want to inspire people to overcome those limitations.”
Jason’s journey to the Paralympics began after being seated next to a Paralympics scout at a local triathlon in 2012. The scout saw his potential and encouraged him to participate. Since then, Jason has been working on fundraising and training for his Paralympics journey.
Now in season, Jason is looking to compete in as many local events as possible to gain experience. He works daily to build up his strength and speed through sprints, swimming and plyometric exercises. He trains with Arizona Disabled Sports, a non-profit dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all types of disabilities.
For more information on Jason Rodie and to donate to his journey visit: http://www.gofundme.com/JRodieHope
Name: Jason Rodie
Hometown: Los Angeles/Boise
Events Competing in: Long Jump and when I get faster, the 100m
Favorite Type of Workout: Lifting weights
Favorite Healthy Snack: Fruit – Bananas
Favorite Healthy Restaurant: Wildflower Bread Company – Chinese Chicken Salad
How do you stay motivated? Read inspirational books; listen to music, think of my family and friends, think of kids and people with Cerebral Palsy and anyone who needs some hope that anything is possible.
What is your favorite way to relax/de-stress? I meditate, spend time with family and friends, and listen to music.
Why did you decide to compete in the Paralympics? My goal is to inspire as many people as possible and the Paralympics give me a vehicle to get my story heard. I love the opportunity to represent the U.S.A and challenge my body to the fullest.