Man with cerebral palsy towed through Ironman by twin brother

4 Comments

Steen Mondrup finished the Ironman Copenhagen in 15 hours, 42 minutes, 38 seconds on Sunday, towing, carrying and pushing his twin brother, Peder, who has cerebral palsy, for the entire race.

Peder, 34, became the first man with cerebral palsy to finish an Ironman, according to European reports. That’s swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a marathon (26.2 miles) back to back to back.

The Ironman Copenhagen winner crossed in just over 8 hours.

Steen towed Peder in an inflatable boat in the swimming portion, they both sat in a special bike and then Steen pushed Peder in another special wheelchair for the run, according to European reports.

Steen and Peder called themselves “Team Tvilling,” or “Team Twin.” They were born three months premature in 1980 and Peder has been confined to a wheelchair his whole life, according to Ironman.com.

“It’s been a dream for five years and now it has come true,” Steen said, according to Eurosport. “It was a race against time. Particularly in the second round we were close to the cut-off, but we always believed. I don’t know where the energy came from, but the legs felt good today.”

Photos: Apolo Ohno completes Ironman 70.3 Boise