Project Description


In his 60th year Kelly Hayes, will attempt to run something he has created and titled “The Running Decathlon.” Think of it as Cross-Fit for runners.

Over the next 12 months he will run each of the ten most contested running events with a goal of completing each “half as fast” or in twice the time of the current world record in each event. He will also try and run each event in the location where the current world record was set. On the actual track where possible.

His attempt to complete this “quest” will serve as a platform to raise funds and bring attention to the advances in exoskeleton technology that are allowing those with mobility impairments rise from their wheelchairs and actually take assisted walks.

You will be able to follow Kelly on his journey, which begins in Rome on July 7, 2016 on

Make a 100% tax- deductible contribution towards the purchase of a bionic exoskeleton suit for the Bridging Bionics Foundation’s program, Able Bionics USA. 100% of your donations will go towards the purchase of one or more exoskeletons for the program.

Please turn Kelly’s steps into dollars. And we will turn dollars into steps for those who want to walk again.


A personal letter from Kelly Hayes

While doing research for a human-interest story I learned about the mission of the Bridging Bionics Foundation and was enormously inspired. I wanted to do something to assist them in achieving their goals.

On June 4, 2016 I turned 60 years of age. To celebrate, I have concocted a plan to achieve something that I don’t believe anyone has ever tried before. I call it “The Running Decathlon.” My goal? To run the 10 top racing distances over the course of the next year half as fast as the standing World Record in each event. The events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, mile, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Marathon.

This summer, I’ll travel to the tracks and stadiums of Europe where the world’s fastest runners set their record times. On the same date and on the same tracks where they achieved those world records, I’ll run in their footsteps… slower… but just as determined.

In an effort to support Bridging Bionics Foundation, I plan to raise funds through donations to purchase an exoskeleton bionic suit for the use of those who are clients. I hope to turn my running quest into a platform to help others in their quest to walk.
Join me by helping however you can — a sponsorship, a donation, words of encouragement. You can literally turn dollars into steps.

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– Kelly J. Hayes