Runners Cheer On Boy With Special Needs To Win Race
A boy with a rare genetic condition impacting less than 10 people worldwide entered and won his first ever track meet crossing the finish line to raucous cheers. Beau Weichers, 13, who has special needs due to an ultra-rare condition called ZBTB18, was competing in a track meet at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on April 27. During the meet of numerous schools, Beau, dressed in white, wanted to enter a sprint race where multiple competitors could run from a single school. He was next to his classmate Brennan while the other racers came from different schools - and as the gun went off Brennan ignored the race to supportively help Beau instead. As he wrapped his arms around Beau the runners from other schools - who weren’t told what was happening - immediately slowed to show their support encouraging Beau. Beau's mom, Amanda, 42, captured the moment on camera, and as the pair reached the end of the track, her son overtook his competitors to cross the line first in front of packed stands. Amanda revealed in the week prior Beau had been practicing with the team and building up his excitement. The sprint was his main event, but, on the day, the school also created other modified events such as discus with a softer frisbee and shot put using a softball.
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