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Brad Hagkull is a 37 year-old father of two and his youngest son, Benjamin is seven. Benjamin was born with Spina Bifida and gets around in a wheelchair. Two years ago, their family watched an inspirational story where the Hoyts - a father and his handicapped son - participated in the Hawaiian IRONMAN triathlon competition together (2.5 mile swim, 125 mile bike and a full marathon!) and Benjamin announced, “Daddy, I want to do that”.

After several months of training, Brad and Benjamin competed in their first event - the Chill Out Duathalon in May, 2004. They completed their first triathalon that August in Harrison, British Columbia - a much shorter version of the IRONMAN. Both have caught the "tri-bug" and are now entering their third season.

Here’s how it works
Swim: Brad designed a harness that he uses to pull Benjamin in an inflatable boat for the swim segment.
Bike: Benjamin pedals behind him in a Trail-A-Bike (with adapted pedals).
Run: After outgrowning the jogging stroller, Ben now rides in a custom contraption that can only be described as a "Jogging Wheelchair".

Their goals are quite simple
1. Raise awareness of Spina Bifida (did you know that Spina Bifida affects 1 in 750 births in Canada/)
2. They want to send the message that “disability” is only a word and that lofty goals can be achieved by the physically disabled.
3. To model their motto - Where Finishing Is Winning - in triathlons they participate in.

They are looking ahead to the 2006 season and have their sights set on several triathlon and charity events in the Lower Mainland, including The Hope River Classic - an 8km fun walk/run/wheel event Team Hagkull is hosting in August.

May 15 - Camp Stillwood Triathlon, Cultus Lake, BC
June - Canadian Bible Society Run-A-Thon, Sardis, BC
July 23 - Abbotsford Triathlon Festival, Aldergrove, BC
August 19 - The Hope River Classic, Chilliwack, BC
September 4 - The Vancouver Triathlon, Stanley Park, BC
September 17 - The Terry Fox Run, Chilliwack, BC

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Team Hagkull Links
www.teamhoyt.com
www.sbhabc.org
www.lifeatbroadway.com
www.hoperiverclassic.com



Team Hagkull Equipment
• Benjamin rides an Adams Trail-A-Bike

• Brad rides a Cannondale

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