If you follow John Platt on Instagram, you’ll find an equal number of photos of his two passions: running and craft beer.
Then you’ll find them combined in a single photo like the shot above (look for another of Platt’s ‘grams in the forthcoming July/August issue of DRAFT Magazine.)
“That picture sums up several aspects of my life,” Platt says.
Platt’s love of craft beer came first, and if you scroll back far enough you’ll see his many photos of vertical Stone tastings, Pliny the Elder bottles and Heady Topper cans. He was the prototypical craft beer guy.
But what you didn’t see from all those beer photos was that he was living with multiple sclerosis, or MS. For seven years, he walked with the assistance of a cane. There were very few photos of him with a cane, because he always tried to hide it.
Then, in late 2013, he had a breakthrough.
“My 1st Half Marathon walk was inspired by @msruntheus and @dawnkumlien,” he wrote on Instagram, referencing a runner who crossed the United States in honor of her mother, who lives with MS. “Never did more than 8 miles at 1 time and miles 9-13 were the fastest at sub 15min miles. Today #MS got beat down again!”
In 2014, he walked the distance of 52 miles in 52 weeks. And he didn’t stop there.
Since then, he has competed as a mobility impaired athlete in the Chicago, New York and Boston marathons. He has covered more than 3,500 miles walking and running.
“Craft beer definitely has a place after my runs as reward and a perfect time to reflect, appreciate, and savor my journey and the moment,” he says.
But you’ll also find him smiling in photos while looking fit, healthy and enjoying his reward at the finish line.