NJ Man, with Cerebral Palsy, Becomes Triathlon Athlete

NJ Man, with Cerebral Palsy, Becomes Triathlon Athlete

By Jamie Apody

Harvey Dawkins is an elite athlete but what you wouldn’t know just by looking at him on a bike is that he also has cerebral palsy. While walking is difficult, riding isn’t.

“I just had the drive that I wanted to find something I could do that I could do really, really well” said Dawkins.

Cycling is it for Dawkins and he does is all for charity. His current goal is to compete in a Bike MS Ride in all 50 states. The rides are 150 miles over two days, raising money for multiple sclerosis.

“I ride for any cause because I believe in trying to help people,” said Dawkins.

He’s done one of those for eight years straight but decided that’s not enough of a challenge. Two years ago, he decided to take up triathlons as well.

“I like watching the Ironman and I just saw stories of people overcoming adversity and I said, ‘I can do that,'” he said.

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