Idaho’s Noah Aldrich is hooked on triathlon the way many of us are, but the eleven-year-old’s races require twice the effort as he completes them all with his disabled brother Lucas in tow.
The Aldrich brothers have been featured on Today and NBC’s affiliate KTVB but have recently been receiving more attention in the media as they are guests on HBO’s Real Sports segment.
Noah has been competing in triathlons for years and hates to see Lucas, who is unable to walk or talk, miss out. Lucas has a rare brain malfunction called lissencephaly, and will be confined to a wheelchair for life. According to the boys’ parents, they are inseparable. Noah trains diligently for all his races even when most of his friends are out doing other things. In the video above, he explains that “It can be hard but I just look back and see Lucas’s smile and it just kind of fuels me up to keep going.”