Florida’s Chris Nikic became the 1st person with Down syndrome to complete the Ironman World Championship. Wow. What an accomplishment! This just brings tears to your eyes. Tears of joy! After finishing the 140.6-mile race on Thursday, Chris made history.

That’s not an easy task either. According to USA Today, The 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run make up the triathlon. The 23-year-old Nikic finished the race in 16 hours, 31 minutes, and 27 seconds with the aid of volunteer guide Dan Grieb. This unforgettable moment went down in such a beautiful place,  in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on his 23rd birthday too!  Chris finished the race with a half-hour to spare before the 17-hour deadline. Happy birthday Chris!!

Chris’s Story:

Chris also made history almost 2 years ago when he finished the Florida Ironman in November 2020, being the first person with Down syndrome to do so. If you need some inspiration, or motivation. Chris has got it. This guy is an amazing dude, doing some incredible things. You can see for yourself by checking out his 1% Better challenge. 

Chris is also featured in an inspiring Adidas ad where he says:

“I rarely saw anyone who looks like me in mainstream sports. And now, we’re changing that,” Nikic said. “Running changed my life, but now I want everyone like me to see it’s possible for them, too.”

Chris Nikic’s Ironman Journey: