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3 brothers, 1 triathlon: trio completes quest in Tampa

7:02 AM, May 6, 2011   |    comments
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What does it mean to become an athlete?

In this case, it means a perfect morning in St. Petersburg, Fla. -- last Sunday morning, the day of the St. Anthony's Triathlon.

Among the 4,500 participants, three brothers prepared to make history.

"The dream of me becoming an athlete," said Kyle Pease of Atlanta, "is now going to be a reality."

We originally told Kyle's story back in February -- a young man in his twenties who suffers from cerebral palsy and responds by holding down three jobs and taking up adventure sports. He decided he wanted to do a triathlon with his older brother Brent and twin brother Evan. They said, "Absolutely."

In the past three months, the crazy bozos have picked up sponsors and new equipment; they also ran the Publix Half-Marathon in Atlanta as a warm-up.

The experience has been fun, but for Kyle, the journey has been something more -- the chance to, for once, not watch the athletes, but be the athlete.

"In all my 26 years, that's the most gratifying part for me," he said the day before the St. Anthony's Triathlon, "to sit here and say, 'Now I'm gonna be a triathlete.'

"And I'm going to be a triathlete with my brothers."

On that perfect morning in St. Petersburg, the crowd arrived; the sun peeked over the horizon; and the triathlon began. Brent swam the wavy waters with a kayak, holding Kyle, strapped to his back. He did the 25-mile bicycle ride on a special tandem bike, with Kyle in the front seat.

And then Evan joined in for the six-mile run.

What does it mean to be an athlete? More than bouncing a ball, throwing a pass, or playing a game, being an athlete is - at its core - about setting a goal ... and achieving it. On this day, three brothers did just that.

Said Kyle afterwards, "It was probably the best day of my life."

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