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Running team pushes disabled children in Downtown 5k

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TUCSON – A group of families pushed their disabled children down 6th Avenue during the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k.

The King family was inspired by Dick Hoyt who has pushed his son Rick Hoyt in more than 1,000 distance events. Lucas King, 9, has cerebral palsy.

“He laughs throughout the whole run,” Denise King said. “And it makes him feel like he is doing something with us as well.”

The Kings founded Team Hoyt Arizona.

Kevin Jordan’s son Zachary also has cerebral palsy.

“It's pretty tough at first when you first find out your child is disabled in some way,” he said. “But they're still who they are. Zac is Zac. He's got his own personality.”

The Downtown 5k was the first event in the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. Zimmerman was murdered on January 8, 2011. Some of the proceeds go to his favorite charity Child and Family Resources. The next event in the Triple Crown is on Labor Day at Saguaro National Park.

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