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Autistic Michigan Resident Tackles a Triathlon

posted Mar 16, 2018, 7:16 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Brayden Hurley

    His name is Jake Bockey, you may not get many words out of him but you can get miles. Jake was diagnosed with autism when he was only 3 years old.

    Jake, not being able to talk very much, uses his feet to express himself. Just the young adult at 18 years of age, competes in many triathlons in a course of a year. Those races involve the motions of running, swimming, and biking.

    Jake’s parents James and Julie Bockey met while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and now reside together in Temperance, Michigan. They have two kids Christian, 21, and Jake, 18, who both suffer from autism.

    Jake’s parents wanted to get him into running so they signed him up for a few 5K’s and fun runs, that didn't work out right according to his mother. She stated “But it was hard for him to focus. He sometimes would fixate on something off course and turn his attention away from running” according to Danielle from Detroit News

     His dad further said “Jake is incredibly energetic, and reeling in his energy had become a bit difficult.”

    He is so much more successful when he runs the triathlons because he keeps his eyes on the target at hand.

    Jake and his dad James run many races throughout the year, they are very hard races.One of which included 250 meters in open water, 6 mile bike ride and then a mile run to the finish line. Him and his dad ride a tandem bicycle during the biking sections of the races.

    His dad further stated “He loves it, He gets excited to go and keep going” according to Danielle.

Edited by: SD

Uploaded: 3/16/18