GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Most participants started the 12th annual Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon at 8 a.m. Sunday, but there was a group that hit the streets earlier.
The “Velocity Challenged” race began at 7 a.m. and My Team Triumph began at 7:30 a.m.
My Team Triumph is a nonprofit organization with an athletic ride-along program that was created to help kids, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who normally wouldn’t participate in races.
“We have grown this to having over 30 chapters all over the country,” Terence Reuben, the co-founder of the organization, said.
Reuben has participated in many marathons.
“It’s sheer excitement no matter how many times you’ve done this. This will be my 26th marathon, and you still wake up going, ‘OK, I got this.’ And there’s an anxiety of ‘OK, so many things could go wrong,’ but also the excitement of ‘Yes, I got this, yes I can do this,” Reuben said.
Wendy Burnett has a son with disabilities who took part in the race this morning with My Team Triumph.
“My son, Ryan Burnett, just turned 29 years old and he has been doing this for about five years and this is the best thing that’s ever happened to us. He’s so happy. He loves this,” Burnett 24 Hour News 8.
Burnett said it’s something she and her son look forward to each year, and they plan to participate for years to come.
“It takes a village, and this is a village. Oh, they have put together such an organization. Everybody’s happy doing it. I come in this tent and everybody is excited and happy. It’s amazing. I’m so happy to be a part of this journey,” she said.