Buckhead residents Brent and Kyle Pease have put their story of inspiration into book form.
The brothers made history in October as the first push-assisted team of brothers—and second duo ever—to finish the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. They and Todd Civin have co-written “Beyond the Finish: A Story of Passion, Brotherhood and Fearless Determination,” a book about their experiences.
“It’s something we both wanted to do, just to be able to share the story,” Brent said in an interview at a May 17 book launch event at Big Sky in Buckhead. “We hope people can take, that parents can take something from it, (both) athletes and families. We just want to share our story and hope people can take a little something from it.”
Said Kyle, “We wrote the book because we wanted to give people a sense of hope and a sense of our inspiration that we can do it. I hope that message comes out through the book.”
Brent started running competitively in 2007, when he ran a 10-kilometer race. Three years later he completed his first Ironman triathlon. After that event, Kyle asked about competing with him. Kyle has cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture, and is confined to a wheelchair.
During that conversation over a beer, their father Richard said, Kyle asked Brent, “How do you do it? How does it work? Well, I’d like to try that.”
“And the rest is history,” he said of the impetus of the brothers becoming a push-assisted team. “But the next spring when they ran the (St. Anthony’s Triathlon in) St. Petersburg, Florida, there’s a famous picture of Kyle just leaping out of his modified baby stroller, because that’s what they used. That’s when he said, ‘I’ve got to share this gift. It’s such a joy to accomplish this and cross the finish line and call myself a triathlete.’”
As the brothers continued to race together, in 2011 they co-founded the Kyle Pease Foundation, an Atlanta-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of the disabled through sports. They speak to schools and other organizations and businesses about their story.
“It’s just amazing to see what they’ve accomplished in eight or nine years,” Richard said.
The book, published by Herndon, Virginia-based Mascot Books, will be released June 18 and can be purchased for $17.16 on Amazon.com or www.kylepeasefoundation.org. Presales for “Beyond the Finish” started April 23 and about two weeks later, it was ranked No. 1 among triathlon new releases, No. 1 in special-needs biography new releases, No. 3 in triathlons overall and No. 6,000 among all Amazon-sold books, Brent said.
Thanks to a donation from Buffalo Wild Wings, a division of Sandy Springs-based Inspire Brands, 100% of all book sales will go to the foundation, he said, adding the book’s fundraising goal is $50,000.
Brent said it took two years to write “Beyond the Finish.” The brothers were asked what they hope readers will learn from it.
“I hope it gives a positive outlook, that they can do anything, that they can achieve anything,” Kyle said.
Said Brent, “I hope they learn what their finish is, that they’re excited to go find it and try something that scares them and chase it with the most passion and everything they’ve got inside them.”