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Running his first race

by Bryan Terry Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm •  Published: June 12, 2011
Giuseppe Chessari of Canada, left, Ugur Yumuk of Turkey and Cameron Clapp of California celebrate as they train in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Giuseppe Chessari of Canada, left, Ugur Yumuk of Turkey and Cameron Clapp of California celebrate as they train in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The grin on Ugur Yumuk’s face needs no translation. After crawling through childhood in Turkey, along with six years of ill-fitting prosthetic legs, the accomplished swimmer and powerlifting hopeful was able to run for the first time when he came to Oklahoma and received special prosthetics.

I met up with the Turkish-born athlete a few times to follow him through training and running the first race of his life at the Endeavor Games.

Click here for an audio slideshow about Ugur Yumuk and his first race.

Below are a few picture from the slideshow.

Regas Woods of Florida helps Ugur Yumuk of Turkey with his running technique as he trains in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Regas Woods of Florida helps Ugur Yumuk of Turkey with his running technique as he trains in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Ugur Yumuk of Turkey falls down while training in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Ugur Yumuk of Turkey falls down while training in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Ugur Yumuk of Turkey runs on prosthetic legs at the University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Edmond, Okla.  Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Ugur Yumuk of Turkey runs on prosthetic legs at the University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Edmond, Okla. Yumuk will be running at the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Ugur Yumuk of Turkey, left, with Cameron Clapp of California, and Harvey Parry of the United Kingdom train in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running during the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Ugur Yumuk of Turkey, left, with Cameron Clapp of California, and Harvey Parry of the United Kingdom train in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Yumuk will be running during the Endeavor games for the first time. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Click here to see the entire audio slideshow

-Bryan Terry

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by Bryan Terry
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Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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