Motivational Speaker Denny Chipollini inspires others to hit the trails for
Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-mile Run
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- What most people would consider tragedies, 55-year-old Skippack, Pa., resident Denny Chipollini, considers gifts. Chipollini has experienced a series of life-altering events, including the loss of his leg in a near-fatal car accident and the contraction of Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion.
"Today I refer to my accident and the loss of my leg as 'gifts' because these events helped me to change my life for the better," says Chipollini.
Despite being an amputee, Chipollini is a personal trainer and a motivational speaker. He'll also be running in the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-mile Run on April 20 at Valley Forge National Historical Park, in King of Prussia, along with some other people he's helped motivate, including local artist Michael Ticcino of Audubon, Pa.
Three years ago an overweight Ticcino walked into Kinetix Sports Club in Lower Providence Township, where Chipollini is a trainer, and said "I'm not sure why I'm here, but my doctor says I should be. I just quit smoking, and I stopped drinking. I want to get in shape."
After about six months, the 55-year-old Ticcino dropped 30 pounds and Chipollini convinced him to run a five kilometer race. After the race, he was hooked. He began a running routine at Valley Forge National Historical Park and from the time spent working out there, Ticcino, a graphic designer by trade, was so inspired he began taking photos of the scenery. He posted them on a photo-sharing Web site that caught the attention of Park officials, leading to a first-of-its-kind exhibit at the Park's welcome center.
In addition to Ticcino, Chipollini also motivated a te
|SOURCE Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau|
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