NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - For many years, Matt Royka has trained hundreds of people to get ready for the marathon.

A few years ago, he was diagnosed with an incurable muscle disease called Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.

Royka, the owner of InnerStrength Fitness, has participated in past Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons, and this year won’t be different.

He will still do the marathon on Saturday except he will be using a handcycle.

“I’m a little hard-headed. I’m not super fast but I guess I’m above average in the head-strength division,” Royka said. “I push, pull or drag myself.”

Royka’s message is always hope to inspire.

His message is live your life in the moment, you’re not guaranteed anything else, so live your life in the moment. Do everything you wanted to do, be happy and live your life.

“He does a heckuva job hiding the pain,” said Christian Paro, who trains with Royka. “I’m with him every Friday, every Friday we’re working out and I could tell the pain he goes through.”

 
 

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