Brothers, Kyle and Brent Pease, Make History at IRONMAN World Championship
First Push-Assisted Team of Brothers, and Second Duo Ever, to Finish the Most Challenging Single-day Endurance Event in the World
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, October 15, 2018 (Newswire.com) - During the 40th anniversary of the IRONMAN World Championship on Oct. 13, 2018, Kyle and Brent Pease made history by being the first push-assisted team of brothers to cross the finish line, and just the second duo in that category to complete the race. With a time of 14 hours and 29 minutes, Kyle and Brent fulfilled their lifelong dream of competing in the world-renowned event, while breaking a personal record on the course.
Going up against 2,400 of the world’s toughest athletes, Kyle and Brent finished the 2.4-mile swim in 1:07:33, the 112-mile bike ride in 8:22:03, and 26.2-mile run in 4:45:54. Prevailing against the race’s infamous weather conditions, the brothers were able to best their previous race time by 35 minutes on the sport’s most challenging course.
“We had been training for race day for months, but nothing could have prepared us for the emotions we felt getting into the Kailua Bay to start the race,” says Brent Pease. “IRONMAN Hawaii was a dream come true. It was one of the most challenging races we’ve encountered, but we answered every call. I was beyond proud to share those moments with Kyle, especially hearing ‘you are an IRONMAN’ on the sport’s biggest stage.”We had been training for race day for months, but nothing could have prepared us for the emotions we felt getting into the Kailua Bay to start the race. IRONMAN Hawaii was a dream come true. It was one of the most challenging races we've encountered, but we answered every call. I was beyond proud to share those moments with Kyle, especially hearing 'you are an IRONMAN' on the sport's biggest stage.
The Bigger Picture: Competing for Inclusion
More important than the personal accomplishment, Kyle and Brent’s racing career is dedicated to promoting inclusion in sports. In 2011, the brothers launched the Kyle Pease Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the disabled through sports. Since its inception, it has championed more than 100 athletes across 60 events and has raised more than $1.5 million in aid. In addition to races, the Foundation offers support through programs such as scholarship opportunities, purchasing adaptive sports equipment and participating in educational campaigns around Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
“What Brent and I accomplished this week is proof that you can do anything in life, as long as you give it your all,” shares Kyle Pease. “Having spent most of my life on the sidelines watching my brothers play sports, participating in endurance races with Brent has given me the opportunity to compete as an equal. Knowing the impact athletics has had on my life, we created the Kyle Pease Foundation to allow other people who face disabilities and challenges to experience this feeling. I hope our journey in Hawaii empowers athletes of all abilities. Because, as the IRONMAN mantra says, 'ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®.'”
About the Kyle Pease Foundation
The Kyle Pease Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the disabled through sports. Founded in 2011, it is focused on generating awareness of inclusion and raising funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. Programs include scholarships, medical or adaptive sports equipment and contributing to organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons. The Foundation also participates in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. For more information, please visit http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org or check out the Together We Wheel documentary. To make a donation, visit www.kylepeasefoundation.org/support.
Source: Kyle Pease Foundation