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Track progress of Akron Marathon’s first ‘push-chair’ team

The Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities will chronicle the marathon quest of Team Andre and Zeke — believed to be the first “push-chair” partnership in the Akron race.

The board provides services to Andre Travis, 32, who has severe cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Zeke Petrie, 40, of Barberton, is a friend of Andre’s and aims to push him in a racing wheelchair for the entire 26.2-mile course Saturday. The two will start at the front of the pack.

The Summit DD board will post the team’s progress on race day at and on Twitter at SummitDD, #AndresLegacy.

Saturday’s marathon will allow Andre, who has never been able to walk and has no use of his arms, to fulfill a goal of participating in something athletic. He wants people to look beyond his wheelchair and those of others with disabilities, he said.

Zeke, who has never run a marathon, is a health aide for Andre and also drives a van, shuttling Andre and others to a day program.

The two have been training since last year. Read more about their marathon journey at

— Katie Byard


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