Blind and immobile teen to participate in triathlon
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Liam Gutierrez, an 18-year-old who was born Hydrocephalus, which makes him unable to see or walk, will be competing in a triathlon on May 6.
During his first month of life, Liam had more than 20 brain surgeries. At 18, Liam has now had over 150 brain surgeries.
Liam will race with triathlete Ty Godwin, who have been running pen pals of sorts for several years.
Ty and Liam met online through I Run 4 Michael, which matches runners and individuals who are unable to run, so that they can run vicariously through their partners.
After getting to know Liam better for several years through his parents Joan and Fabian, who are ex-military, Liam and Ty finally got to meet this last February when they competed in the Rock n’ Roll Carlsbad 5000 together.
Liam has never walked, can’t speak, he’s blind, and has a rod in his back to support his s-shaped spine. Despite all this, he will compete in his first triathlon on May 6th in Mission Bay at the Spring Sprint Triathlon.
Liam will be in a raft for the swimming portion, and a running chair for the ride and run portion of the race.