Ava and Andrew, USA
American teenagers Andrew Donohue and Ava Hardy did a sprint triathlon, completing the running distance on their PETRA RaceRunners.
Andrew Donohue, age 15 (diagnosed with cerebral palsy and dystonia) and Ava Hardy, age 13 (diagnosed with cerebral palsy) took the challenge of a co-working the 2014 Osprey Sprint Triathlon in Snow Hill, Maryland, USA, together with their partners from Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA). Ava particitpated with Jaime Toner, and Andrew with Jill Fears Matt Cook.
“The RaceRunner and Tret are amazing pieces of equipment and are vital to the success of our triathletes. These devices allow them to fully participate in a triathlon. They are swimming with their legs (when weather permits the use of the swimming boards), they are pedaling with their legs and power, and they are running with their legs and strength. They experience all parts of the triathlon, including the brick legs that happen after a bike- to- run transition. Being pulled/pushed in adaptive equipment was not an option for these two… they wanted to be full participants! They earned their new titles of triathletes,” says Jaime Toner
“Being able to participate in Athletes Serving Athletes with her RaceRunner has been one of the major reasons for Ava’s improving self-confidence (she struggles with an anxiety disorder). Also, RaceRunning has been the foundation of a wonderful friendship she is developing with Andrew, says Avas mom, Lisa Hardy, and continues:
“I am so grateful for all these positive experiences and for all that you do. I know that when Ava is out there racing, she is teaching people that a physical disability does not define whom a person is.”