Against All Odds Balluff Crosses Finish Line of Irvin 5K

By KBJR News 1

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It wasn't hard to spot the green headbands worn by some runners and spectators at the William Irvin 5k race Friday.

It was all in support of one boy who defied all odds.

"He's come a long way from where he was," said Ben Huninghake, who has grown up with Alex.

On Halloween, three years ago, Alex Balluff was given a one percent chance of living, after being hit by a drunk driver in Duluth.

The incident left him with a traumatic brain injury.

Now, the Twin Cities native is back to run a race that family never thought he would be able to do.

"This is monumental this is a step on the journey that we never dreamed Alex would be able to achieve his goals for this," said Debbie Balluff, Alex's mother.

With family and friends beside him, he crossed the finish line 39 minutes later.

"I feel great!" Alex said.

The Balluff family says they are forever grateful for the amount of support they have received from the Duluth community and beyond.

"We have received 86,000 angels. They have provided us comfort, they have provided us love, support prayers, and a community that rallied, rallied for Alex Balluff, and it doesn't end," said Debbie.

"I had to come and support Alex because they were so gracious to give to me so and he has such an amazing story so I was happy to be a part of it," said Preston Gunderson, a friend of the family's.

Support that helped Alex and his family cross yet another finish line.

If you would like to follow Alex's journey click here

See him tell his story to teens on the Iron Range click here

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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