Taking Others Along In Fort Collins, Colo. : Participation Nation Athletes in Tandem matches athletes and people who are ill or disabled so the pairs can have adventures.
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Taking Others Along In Fort Collins, Colo.

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When Dick Hoyt competes in triathlons, he takes his son, Rick — who has cerebral palsy — with him in specially-designed carriers. Inspired by the Hoyts, Dennis Vanderheiden created Athletes in Tandem.

Travis Silvers, who now competes in AiT events, says, "I'm lucky to know Dennis and to be a part of something so special and I enjoy giving back to those who couldn't be out there without us."

Douglas James lives in Greeley, Colo.