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Boy With Cerebral Palsy Creates Triathlon For Kids With Disabilities

February 24, 2016

9 Year old Bailey Matthews knows what it is like to successfully complete a triathlon. Despite being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy for 18 months, he heroically crossed the finish line at the Castle Howard Triathlon last summer.

A video of him ditching his walked frame and completing the race with a crowd going wild cheering him on went viral and has amassed almost a million views on YouTube. Matthews had a vision to create a triathlon for kids with a disability like him called the “Be More Bailey Triathlon”.

The Be More Bailey Triathlon, slated for July 17 in Derby, United Kingdom, will challenge kids to swim for 50 meters, bike for 2.5 kilometers and finish the race by running for 750 meters. This triathlon is not timed and is open to all children, disability or not.

“The great thing about this event is that it’s purely based on participation, excitement and fun,” Dean Jackson, the triathlon’s organizer, told ABC News. “There’s no timing with this. You get in and finish at your own time.”

“Bailey wanted grannys and uncles and guardians doing the triathlon with the child,” Jackson, who is the founder of endurance sports company Huub added. “It’s all him and it’s fantastic to have such a vision.”

Matthews’ triathlon is one part of Jackson’s Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, where participants compete. The Be More Bailey Triathlon will happen in between qualifying rounds for kids who can’t wait to cross the finish line.