Many of the TriKidsGeorgia and their parents attended the talk given by Kyle and Brent Pease of the Walking with KPeasy Foundation. A modest pair of brothers, well spoken, and interesting in so many ways, Brent and Kyle drove from Atlanta to Athens to meet with the TriKidsGeorgia team this weekend for an informal presentation and Q&A session. The general conclusion was that these brothers are amazing athletes and people!
Brent and Kyle Pease are well known among the triathlon community as the challenged duo who race triathlons. However, it was not until the crowd heard from this dynamic duo, that the magnitude of their accomplishments became evident.
Youth are Inspired
The TriKidsGeorgia and parents were fully attentive as Brent described how he pulls Kyle along in a kayak for the swim portion of the race, pedals 350 lbs. on a three wheel bike for the bike portion, and pushes Kyle in a specially designed “wheelchair” for the run portion. Kyle explained how his arms have to be strapped down due to spasms and how his body feels like it’s been “run over by a bus” at the end of a race.
What they love about Triathlon is how they can perform as athletes just like anybody else; no special allowances for Kyle’s disabilities. They race the same distance with the same cut off times as all the other athletes competing.
Kyle’s description of the finishing chute at Ironman Wisconsin several years ago and Ironman Florida last year was compelling to say the least. Kyle described many thousands of people cheering them, just like football players are cheered onto the field. He said it was “the best feeling in the world” for him. They also covered their New York City Marathon escapades that went viral when one of Kyle’s wheels broke and there was no spare and they still managed to finish. Read about it here.
The TriKidsGeorgia and this nation thank Brent and Kyle for their inspiration, and, in particular, this motivating and emotional talk. Through The Kyle Pease Foundation, Inc (KPF) other people with disabilities have been given the chance to experience the success of participating in triathlon. TriKidsGeorgia will endeavor to raise awareness to this amazing organization and family.
From their Facebook Page:
Walking with KPeasey is a campaign affiliated with The Kyle Pease Foundation, Inc (KPF). Walking with KPeasey works to create awareness and raise funds in support of KPF. The purpose of the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.
Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
KPF will provide these services directly to individuals as well as to partner with other existing non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.
To donate, please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/89231