Man walking from Grand Haven to Lansing on stilts

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  • Neil Sauter. September 5, 2012
  • Neil Sauter. September 5, 2012
    

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) - Drivers near Lowell encountered quite a sight along M-21 Wednesday night. Some even stopped to meet the man on stilts.

Neil Sauter holds the world record for the fastest marathon on stilts. He also completed an 830 mile walk across our state on stilts. One of WZZM 13's Facebook fans tipped us off to his latest journey, which stretches from Grand Haven to Lansing to help people with cerebral palsy. It's a condition Sauter knows all too much about.

"I have a mild case of cerebral palsy which affects my legs, so when I walk my legs turn inward and I walk really flat footed. Now I use my stilt walking to encourage others to rise above their challenges or overcome the obstacles they face," says Sauter.

Sauter started his 100 mile journey Tuesday, which was World Cerebral Palsy Day. The money he raises during his trek will go to United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan to help people with disabilities live independently.

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