Omaha Runner Makes Comeback Despite Stroke

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 4, 2013
  • Updated Jun. 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM UTC
DJ Bierd's perseverance has paid off. Photo:

He refused to let his injury stop him.

An incredible comeback story is coming out of Omaha, Neb. According to a report on, 23-year-old DJ Bierd is defying the odds for stroke victims.

A week after completing a half-marathon, Bierd collapsed in his home. This was back in 2010 and Bierd now admits that he doesn’t remember much about his stroke.

He woke up in a hospital bed and couldn’t move his legs or arms. Doctors told him that a blood clot had managed to travel through a hole in his heart up to his brain.

From that point forward, Bierd began his incredible comeback. A week later, he was out of intensive care and a week after that was trying to move again with the assistance of a walker.

And just a few weeks after that, against the wishes of his loved ones, Bierd began trying to run again.

He ran (or as he put it “hobbled”) down the end of his block and back again. Total distance: one mile.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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