HAWAII (WKOW) -- A father and son from Michigan will be competing in the Kona Ironman World Championship Triathlon coming up. It will be the toughest challenge yet for the duo that has been through a lot together. Father Becky Agar has been doing events like this for years but it's his son Johnny who keeps him going. Johnny has cerebral palsy, but that doesn't stop him from competing.
It started out a few years ago when Johnny challenged himself to walk the final mile of a 5K race. Becky was there with him the whole way, helping and inspiring him to cross the finish line. Once he completed that goal, the two of them kept going to different races, pushing each other to new heights.
Johnny has gotten the attention of some big time athletes through his journey. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is a fan and kids from around the country have been inspired by Johnny as well. But Johnny says other kids help him as well.
"Being an athlete is something that I've really wanted to do my entire life and it's something that my parents always told me I could do, the fact that it's inspiring people all around the world, I give back to them, and they give back to me as well."