Student and Amputee, Chris Bretoi Successfully Skates Duluth Marathon

Duluth News Tribune | 09/13/2003 | Amputee gets boost to compete in today’s race

Chris Bretoi made history last year as the first amputee to complete the NorthShore Inline Marathon.But the inline race, his first, didn’t go without incident.While his prosthetic left leg was up to the task, his recreational skates made the 26.2-mile trek rougher than anticipated.Bretoi, 48, from Lino Lakes, Minn., blistered the end of his leg and spent 2 weeks on crutches afterward.”After last year’s race my wife said, ‘Tell me again why you’re doing this,’ ” said Bretoi, who works in information technology for 3M.Bretoi, injured while changing a car tire in 1989, also took some lessons from Minneapolis inline instructor Noelle Robichon and will wear a custom knee brace today for more stability