I am fundraising for inclusion in the sport of triathlon. Team Ryan started back in 2011. My son Ryan was born with Down Syndrome. My wife and I took Ryan to the local Down Syndrome festival and 5k in October of 2011. We had great support from family and friends. We walked the 5K. I got to the halfway point in the 5K and decided to run back to the finish. I could not do it. I made it my mission to get into shape to be around for Ryan. Fast forward a few years. My running got a lot better. Since running is an individual sport, I had to include Ryan somehow. I started pushing him in the 5K runs. We moved onto longer distances and ultimately a full marathon. We have also competed in several Sprint Triathlons. Ryan currently plays sports with Special Olympics and other local organizations. We love seeing him play and compete. Ryan and my wife volunteered at the 2022 Ironman Florida. They were helping at the 13.1 mile aid station. He brought so much joy to all the runners, especially when we needed it the most. He made the 2022 Ironman Florida event highlight video so check it out. I hope Ryan follows my steps and the steps of others one day and competes in triathlons and cross an Ironman finish line. It is a joy seeing others with special needs compete in triathlons with the likes of Chris Nikic. Please help support Team Ryan in raising money for inclusion in sports.

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