Thursday, October 19, 2006

Father-Partially Paralyzed Son Triathlon Team

I read about this a while ago, but its back in the news. It is about a father-son triathlon team. That, in and of itself, would not be so noteworthy, except that the dad is 66 and the son is 44. What's the big deal about that, you ask? Oh yeah, there is one other point of interest. The son is mostly paralyzed, so the dad pulls him in a raft, tows him with his bike, and pushes him in his wheel chair for the entire distance of the Hawaiian Ironman (2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, full marathon run). They have completed over 1,000 marathons and triathlons. The next time I am feeling unmotivated, I think I am going to re-read this article. Maybe some of the clowns from U of M, or maybe just all of us should read this and realize how lucky we are and how much more we could do to make the lives of people we care about better.

I'll let ESPN tell the story:

Father, paralyzed son ready for final Ironman race

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