Cousins treat running as team sport

James Anderson had a successful running career in high school and college, but now he runs with his cousin, Rusty Wilkins, a half a second in front of him.

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two cousins who share a special bond in Topsham are gearing up for their third summer of 5Ks and marathons. 

James Anderson had a successful cross country and track career in high school and college, but he's done running solo. Now he pounds the pavement with his cousin, Rusty Wilkins. 19-year-old Wilkins manages several sports teams at Mt. Ararat High School, but he doesn't often get the chance to participate in sports himself because of his Cerebral Palsy.

"He really is an athlete, he just hasn't had the chance to compete and this is a great way for us to do that," said Anderson.

Wilkins is confined to a wheel chair, so the pair held fundraisers through the program Ainsley's Angels raising more than $10,000 to buy  a racing chair at Team Hoyt Running Chairs. Anderson plans on pushing not just the chair, but also the pair's limits with the goal of qualifying for the next Boston Marathon with his cousin. 

"Just grinding through the races, every time we see a mile marker Rusty is making some noise letting me know about it," said Anderson. 

Their next race will be June 9th at the Twilight 5K in Portland that raises money for the Maine Cancer Foundation.

 

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