Mom helps paralyzed son cross triathlon finish line

Laurie Booher takes off with her son Collin during the Columbus Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 09, 2014 in Columbus, Indiana. Collin suffers from spina bifida, and his mother Laurie completed the triathlon with him in tow. (Provided Photo/Chet Strange with The Republic)
Laurie Booher takes off with her son Collin during the Columbus Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 09, 2014 in Columbus, Indiana. Collin suffers from spina bifida, and his mother Laurie completed the triathlon with him in tow. (Provided Photo/Chet Strange with The Republic)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – Hundreds of people participated in the Columbus Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, but for two athletes, the finish was especially triumphant.

According to 24-Hour News 8′s partner, The Republic, Collin Booher, 16, was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. For years, he’s asked his mother Laurie if he could cross the finish line with her.

On Saturday, when Laurie swam the half-mile course, she tied a rope to her waist, pulling a green inflatable kayak with Collin inside. Then, on the 15-mile biking portion, Laurie pushed Collin in a carriage and as she ran the 5K, she pushed him in a wheelchair.

Collin Booher cheers as his mother Laurie brings him in to the end of the swimming portion during the Columbus Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 09, 2014 in Columbus, Indiana. Collin suffers from spina bifida, and his mother Laurie completed the triathlon with him in tow. (Provided Photo/Chet Strange with The Republic)
Collin Booher cheers as his mother Laurie brings him in to the end of the swimming portion during the Columbus Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 09, 2014 in Columbus, Indiana. Collin suffers from spina bifida, and his mother Laurie completed the triathlon with him in tow. (Provided Photo/Chet Strange with The Republic)
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