Triathlon athlete gives man chance of a lifetime

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - More than 800 people will compete in the 2010 Rev3 Triathlon on Sunday here in Knoxville.

While most athletes compete for a prize, one man is competing to inspire others. In a story you'll only see on Volunteer TV, this athlete is giving one man the chance of a lifetime.

While every day with her son is special, for Sandy Mercandetti, this weekend far exceeds her dreams for 23-year-old Colt Sowders, born with cerebral palsy.

"For us to participate in something we would never have gotten the opportunity to do, without Greg's help is something we're really appreciative of."

Colt was chosen as Greg Simony's teammate for the 2010 Rev3 Triathlon.

"It's really, for me a good feeling to give back and doing what I know I should have been doing all along," says Simony.

Greg's motto is "Time is Now", something the 30-year-old took advantage of in the past.

"I was about 50 pounds overweight, I was heavy drinker, drinking most days, if not every day. And I always thought that I'm going to help people I'm going to give back I'm going to motivate people."

So this Sunday, for 6.2 miles, Greg will run with Colt in an over-sized adult jogging stroller, giving him the chance of a lifetime.

"This is his day to be just like everybody else, but do something not everybody can do. Cause there's a lot of people that aren't going to be running 6 miles on Sunday and Colt is."

A perfect Mother's Day gift for Sandy.

"It'll be very emotional, very exciting, just to be cheering him on it's going to be great. It'll be fantastic."

It will also create a special bond between teammates.

"It's been a long road back and it means more than I can express right now," says Simony.

Greg will have other teammates from the Cerebral Palsy Center for the swim and bike portions of the race.
You can watch Colt and Greg cross the finish line, Sunday morning at World's Fair Park.

You can find Triathlon details by clicking on the link below.

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