On April 21st, the country's eyes will turn to Massachusetts, for the Boston Marathon, one year after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than two hundred. "Boston Strong" is what they'll say - and few race participants will exemplify that better than a pair of Fresnans, Jim and Colby Wagoner.
Jim is a 65-year-old lawyer - sometimes working 100 hour weeks - who pushes his 18-year-old son Colby in a jogger. Between Colby's weight and the weight of the jogger, Jim's pushing more than 300 pounds.
For years, Jim and Colby ran in 5k's, 10k's and half marathons. But after learning they could qualify for the Boston Marathon ("the Mecca," says Jim) as charity runners, the Wagoners were on board. They'll be running for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, inspired by the charity's mission of promoting acceptance and inclusion.
Colby is severely learning disabled, with low muscle tone, and while there is no definitive diagnosis, doctors say he is on the autistic spectrum. Public activities can be a challenge for the family - unless they're running, and Colby's in his jogger.
You can help support the Wagoner's and MDSC in the Boston Marathon at this website: