Congrats Saul! on completing your 1st Marathon! A professional cyclist at age 23, Saul won the “Best Young Rider” jersey at the Tour de Georgia and turned in the strongest American performance at the 2006 World Championships before a near death crash in Italy resulted in severe brain trauma which forced him to retire from professional cycling. Now fully recovered, Saul recently authored the book “Tour de Life” and launched the Raisin Hope Foundation in an effort to utilize his athletic ability to benefit fellow survivors of traumatic brain injuries.

To kick-off his crusade, Saul ran the New York Marathon this past weekend in his AVI-Bolt racing flats with custom green laces in the Foundation’s signature color. Saul will also be competing at events throughout 2009 including the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon in May. His ultimate goal for ’09 is to complete Ironman Hawaii in October.

“I am proud to be part of the AVIA team which includes some of the most inspiring and determined athletes I’ve ever met,” noted Saul Raisin. “Since the accident, my mission has been to raise funding for brain injury research, increase awareness and further connect with individuals and families whose lives have been affected by a traumatic brain injury. My partnership with AVIA will better enable me to accomplish my goals while doing what I love: competing.”

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