Meet the World’s First Ironman With Cerebral Palsy

“One more step, then another.”

Bonner Paddock pushed himself through the final turn of the 2012 Ironman Triathlon, gasping, staggering and sweating in the Kona, Hawaii, heat. He’d already completed a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride; finishing the marathon would put him in the ranks of the physically elite. It would also put him in the record books: The world’s first Ironman with cerebral palsy.

This Ironman event wasn’t the first time Paddock broke an athletic record. As he recounts in his new book, One More Step, he had already run multiple marathons and become the first person with CP to climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Cerebral palsy (CP), a brain disorder caused by an injury or abnormality during fetal development, affects body movement and muscle coordination. CP is usually diagnosed at an early age and can range in severity from minor muscle spasticity to major paralysis.

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