Chris Nikic, the first Ironman with Down syndrome, is celebrating another amazing first. He’s now become the first person with Down syndrome to run the Boston Marathon.
Last year, Nikic became an international sensation when he completed the Ironman Florida triathlon, one of the most difficult athletic events in the world. The race consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run, and Nikic completed it in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds. He was then awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance during ESPN’s ESPY awards, as well as the award for Best Athlete With a Disability in the men’s category.
Despite these accomplishments, Nikic isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He recently announced his plans to not only continue competing in Ironman triathlons, but to run the Boston and New York City Marathons. And he’s just crossed one of those items off his list.
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