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Desire, Motivation, and Endurance: Friendship in Its Purest Form

By Comeuntochrist.org
Desire, Motivation & Endurance: Friendship in its Purest Form

Imagine swimming 500 meters, biking 12 miles, and then running 3.2 miles. It is not easy, but it is what triathlon athletes do. Now imagine bringing a friend along for the whole ride, supporting him through the whole journey. That is what Spencer Zimmerman did with his friend Dayton Hayward.

True Friendship

Dayton has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Although he can’t speak, walk, or do many things others his age can do, youth his age treat him like he is no different from anybody else. A special friend to Dayton is Spencer, who decided to help Dayton experience many things he might otherwise not be able to experience.

Spencer Zimmerman swimming and pulling Dayton Hayward in an inflatable tube to complete a triathlon

Spencer is an athlete, and loves to compete physically. He wanted to help his friend Dayton complete a triathlon as well.

“I thought it would be really cool to do a triathlon with Dayton,” Spencer says. “He should have the opportunity to do and enjoy what everybody else does.”

So Spencer talked to his parents and Dayton’s parents about doing the triathlon with Dayton. Everyone thought it was a great idea, so they asked Dayton if he wanted to do it.

“Spencer went to Dayton and asked him, and Dayton just blinked really definitely like he was really excited about doing a triathlon with him,” says Dayton’s father, John Hayward.

Spencer Zimmerman biking and pulling Dayton Hayward in a bike carriage to complete a triathlon

Dayton's Legs

Spencer and Dayton trained together, and both completed the triathlon together. For the swim portion of the triathlon, Spencer pulled Dayton behind him in a small inflatable boat. For the biking portion, Spencer attached a cart for Dayton to sit in. On the 3.2 mile running leg, Spencer pushed Dayton in a jogging stroller.

Although the race was not easy, Spencer says he and Dayton “loved every second of it.”

Desire, motivation, and endurance: all of these helped Spencer and Dayton complete a triathlon together, but more importantly helped create a strong friendship that will last indefinitely.

Watch Spencer and Dayton’s triathlon journey below:


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