Boilermaker star Jason Robinson talks Olympic dreams, paying it forward
At only 10-years-old, Jason Robinson is the youngest person to ever complete the Utica Boilermaker's 15K wheelchair race.
Jason was born was spina bifida, making it difficult for him to walk. This year was his first competing in the Boilermaker. "I was overwhelmed with it," said Jason. "I thought I was going to do an hour 30 minutes, and I did an hour 13 minutes. So that was definitely better than my goal."
Jason's parents were emotional as he crossed the finish line. "Seeing his face, seeing his hands up in the air, his arms up in the air...knowing that he completed his dream was awesome," said Jason's dad, James.
"I was so proud of him," said Jason's mom, Erin. "I was so happy. I was so relieved that he was safe, that he was here, that he had accomplished it, that he had realized his dreams. Because there's nothing better than realizing your own dreams."
Jason's goal is to win the Boilermaker in eight or nine years, and then become a Paralympian in the Paralympic Games. "It would just be a dream of mine," said Jason.
The Robinson Family has now started the J-Rob Foundation, helping to pay for athletic equipment for other children with disabilities.
Jason said he is determined to give back, but to also show that anything is possible. "If people say I can't, I'll find a way to do it," he said. "And if they say I can't do it that way, I'll find another way. And I'm not gonna stop until I find a way."
To learn more about the J-Rob Foundation, click here.