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O'Fallon Boy Participates in First Triathlon With Help of Family

Zach Blakemore suffers from a rare neurological disease that confines him to an electric wheelchair. His grandparents teamed up to help him race in a triathlon on Saturday.

Over the weekend, a local boy had the opportunity to race along side his family in a triathlon.

Zach Blakemore suffers from a rare neurological disease that confines him to an electric wheelchair.

Zachary has watched his mother and grandfather race in the Lake Saint Louis triathlon's for years and every year he asks, "When can I race?"

This was his year.

Zach's grandfather, Brian Mackay, formed a team to be Zach's legs, allowing Zach to accomplish his dream of racing.

Brian used a specialized bike trailer for the 26 mile bike race. Zachary's mother, , pushed the jogging stroller for the six-mile run. His grandmother, Joan Mackay, volunteered to swim with Zach.

Thank you to Devin and Anisa Mears for sharing photos from the event! If you have any photos you'd like to add, click the upload button, and don't forget to tell us who you are!

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Jim Frain August 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
A wonderful and glorious story of family love.....This wonderful family certainly lives Corinthians 16:14...."Let all that you do be done in Love"
Brian Feldt (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Great story! What a wonderful example the Blakemore family is for the rest of us!

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