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10-year-old with spina bifida will achieve dream of racing in the Boilermaker

Thousands of runners who have been training all year are expected to race in this year's Boilermaker. 10-year-old Jason Robinson from Rome has defied all odds to run in the race.
Rome (WSYR-TV) - In a few days, people from all over the world will be in Utica for one of the biggest races in the country.

Thousands of runners who have been training all year are expected to race in this year's Boilermaker.

10-year-old Jason Robinson from Rome has defied all odds to run in the race.

After being born, he was diagnosed with spina bifida, where part of his spine and spinal cord didn't develop properly, leaving him with limited use of his legs.

Since birth he's overcome almost every obstacle imaginable just to be here today.

“I wouldn't let anything get me down, I figure just because I have a disability doesn't mean I can't do sports and play with the other kids and be like the other kids so I haven't let that stop me at all,” Robinson said.

Even after 17 surgeries, some lasting up to nine hours, he still managed to defy all odds.

His mother Erin said, “He was never supposed to walk so the fact that he can get around the way that he does today and can do all the things that he does is pretty amazing.”

Sunday, he'll achieve a lifelong dream, racing in the Boilermaker. “It’s been a dream since I was four. I was watching it and I saw racing chairs go by and my mom was like ‘those are racing chairs’ and I was like ‘those are so cool.’”

For the past 12 weeks, Robinson has trained three to four times a week and about three days ago he got up to 9.3 miles and at times he reached speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

For hours, he goes up and down hills traveling all through Oneida County to prepare for the biggest race of all, the 15k.

He said, “I just want to finish this year, but next year I will work on my time and one of my goals is to finish in first place.”

Jason Robinson is also using this race to raise awareness for his “J-Rob Foundation.”

The mission is to empower youth with physical challenges by helping them buy adaptive sports equipment so they can meet their physical goals.

Click here for more information on the foundation.

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