The fastest marathon completed with a robotic exoskeleton

The fastest marathon completed with a robotic exoskeleton

It was Simon Kindleysides from the UK who completed the 2018 London Marathon with the help of a robotic exoskeleton called ReWalk located in the lower half of his body.

He crossed the finish line after 36 hours and 46 minutes of travel, having taken a total of 60,373 steps and walking an effective time of 27 hours and 32 minutes.

Kindleysides was diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumor in 2013, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.


The system uses a battery that is carried in a backpack, and is controlled by a simple control mounted on the wrist that detects and improves the movements of the user. The system was designed in Yokneam, Israel, by Amit Goffer , the ReWalk system is marketed by ReWalk Robotics (Originally Argo Medical Technologies), and its price is around $ 85,000 per unit .

The ReWalk system weighs approximately 23.3 kilograms; the backpack containing the Windows operating system computer and battery weigh about 2.3 kilograms, and the robotic leg exoskeleton weighs about 21 kilograms.

The first person to complete a marathon equipped with a robotic walker was also British Claire Lomas : she finished the 2012 London marathon in 16 days, also with the help of a ReWalk.

On April 15, 2018, he finished the Greater Manchester Marathon in eight days, the fastest marathon with a robotic walker.