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Paralympian Michael Milton to take on the UTA50 in 2017!

14 Nov 2016

Press Release By Dan Lewis - November 14, 2016

If Michael Milton could replicate his top downhill skiing speed, he could complete Ultra-Trail Australia's 50km race through the Blue Mountains bush in less than 15 minutes. In 2006, the one-legged Canberrian famously clocked 213.65km/h when he became Australia's fastest ever person on skis. But while having just one leg has some aerodynamic advantages when it comes to downhill skiing, it presents nothing but monumental challenges when it comes to the steep, rugged and slippery Blue Mountains bush.

Watching Milton compete in the 2017 UTA50 is no doubt going to be one of the highlight's of UTA's 10th anniversary year. Over the 50km he is going to have to climb and descend about 2400 vertical metres. Challenge, however, is something Milton has embraced his whole life.

Born in 1973, he had his left leg amputated as a child due to bone cancer. A determination to learn to ski again ultimately led him to win a swag of medals for Australia at winter Paralympic Games before successfully switching to a bike to also represent his country at the summer Paralympics.
These days Milton guides bike tours with his own business, Big Foot Adventures, he has climbed Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) and walked the Kokoda Track (96km with nearly 6000m of altitude gain).

He has also competed in triathlons and in 2013 completed the Gold Coast Airport Marathon with crutches in the amazing time of 5:23:30. That was Milton's last competitive long-distance run. Of the UTA50 next May, Milton says: "I'd like to come in in under 10 hours." He will use ultra-lightweight carbon fibre crutches. His training regime will feature "a bit of hill running and stuff on the bike". Milton will also be using the UTA50 as preparation for another brutal challenge next July, the Kokoda Ultra Marathon.