Kyle Pease lives by one motto: where there is a wheel there is a way. It was this positive attitude that helped him become the first assisted wheelchair athlete to complete the Shepherd Center’s Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in 2013.
Pease, who has cerebral palsy, was pushed through the 6.2-mile course by his brother Brent. The Atlanta natives started with and Iron Man race in 2011 and they have since founded The Kyle Pease Foundation, which aims at providing assistance for persons with disabilities to meet their individual needs through sports.
“He really wanted to let everybody else experience this and see what it was all about, see what it was like,” Brent Pease said.
His brother was at a loss for words when asked to describe the experience after he crossed the finish line at the 45th annual Peachtree.
“I really can’t put it into words,” Kyle Pease said. “It’s just amazing to be out there with everybody.”
The two competed in their first Peachtree last year but this year it wasn’t just the Pease boys. Through the foundation, Justin Knight was partnered with Brian Resutek for the race. Knight is a member of the foundation and also a racing enthusiast. His mother Teresa Knight has pushed in in smaller races like in the past.
The Pease pair is far from done. The two have plans to compete in Ironman again in the fall.