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North Star Students Honor Ironman Champions

North Star Students Honor Ironman Champions

North Star students, with racing bibs tied around their waists, assembled in the cafeteria on November 27, 2018 to provide a warm welcome for Brent and Kyle Pease, Ironman champions who came to share a message of inclusion, determination and perseverance.

The Pease brothers were introduced by their relative and North Star student Kyle McNulty. They had just returned from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii where they were the first brother/brother duo to complete Ironman Kona. This was an extraordinary feat as Kyle was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder affecting movement and muscle coordination.

The students listened intently as Kyle and Brent explained how they came up against many obstacles and how people told them they can’t do it. Kyle told the students, “Don’t let anything stop you, say ‘yes I can’ and find a way.” He added “We all have different challenges that we face. I found a way to say yes and I want you to find a way to say yes to your challenges. When you say yes anything is possible.”

Brent Pease said it took five years to get permission to be in the race which took them 14 ½ hours to complete. The Ironman triathlon consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. It challenged both brothers equally and gave them the same experience.

Brent and Kyle Pease have competed and finished in a total of four Ironman competitions. They have created the Kyle Pease Foundation to create awareness and raise funds to provide assistance for people with disabilities to meet their individual needs through sports. The Pease brothers have championed more than 100 physically challenged athletes across six events who otherwise would not have the opportunity to take part in sports. Help includes scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical or adaptive sports equipment and participating in campaigns to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

“It feels good to say yes and share that with other people,” said Brent Pease as he took questions from the students. He told them that their focus on endurance events helps show people how they can both be challenged while competing in the same sport, something they were not able to do while they were growing up. He told the students that you have to start small and explained that they started with a local 5K and then went on to do a 10K, triathlon, half ironman and finally a full ironman.

North Star students are honoring the Pease brothers by spreading their message throughout the community and by collecting monetary donations for the Kyle Pease Foundation. Together they are making a difference.

 

November 29, 2018