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Young paratriathlete trains for second race

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BARNEVELD (WKOW) -- Completing a triathlon, even a sprint, takes a lot of training and dedication. Many area children are doing it though through the Tri 4 Schools program.

Brenden Ojibway is one of them. A typical teenager from Barneveld, he shines when it comes to sports. That's why he does as many of them as he can. With one small difference. He does them all from a wheelchair. His mom, Jenn says, "He's been doing sports since he was three years old. It started with wheelchair hockey."

Brenden's doctor suggested he do the local Tri 4 Schools adaptive aquathon this past May, which includes swimming then running or a wheelchair race. But Brenden wanted to do the whole tri, including the bike. "The staff was wonderful. They made him a clear path so he could get out of the pool, get in his chair and get outside, transition to his bike and take off."

Jenn says Brenden has a need for speed, so it was a little frustrating for him during the race when he didn't seem to be going too fast on his bike. "My brake was on the whole time," Brenden says. He didn't notice until he got done.

Brenden is training for the second Tri 4 Schools race in Middleton August 17. The bike's brake will not be on this time, but his parents are sure to be just as proud in his second race. Jenn says, "I thought he did great the first time doing it. It brought tears to my eyes."

The Tri 4 Schools race in Middleton is at Bauman Aquatic Center. To sign up your child, head to www.tri4schools.com.
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