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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 Facebook.com/SummitDD 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 www.ohio.com/news/local/barberton-man-aims-to-push-friend-in-wheelchair-for-entire-akron-marathon-1.431096

— Katie Byard



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