The Challenge: My Ironman Dad


The Challenge (DCL)

Premiering exclusively in the UK on Discovery Channel, this award-winning feature documentary follows a father’s epic attempt to complete a triathlon, whilst carrying his disabled son for the entire course.

On 13th June 2015, everyman Alex Smith set out to accomplish the superhuman feat with his son who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease. For most people, running a marathon is a lifetime achievement to cherish and be proud of, but for Alex this was only the beginning. 

Ironman triathlons are considered one of the most gruelling one-day sporting events in the world, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon. Upping the stakes further still, Alex’s eight year old son Harrison weighs 40kg. Alex carried him the whole way, hauling him in a catamaran behind him as he swam, pulling him in a trailer as he cycled, then pushing him in a racing chair as he ran.

Battling pouring rain and strong winds, they were supported along the route by friends and family who helped Alex stay motivated, encouraged Harrison to keep positive, and stayed alongside them every stroke, pedal and step of the way. The father and son completed the Challenge Denmark Ironman Distance Triathlon in 15 hours, 36 minutes and 29 seconds. They also raised over £50,000 for Harrison’s Fund, a charity set up by Alex and his family to find a cure for the disease that affects one in 3,500 boys.

The Challenge tells the powerful, moving and inspirational story about a father who, in the face of adversity, takes on an extraordinary feat in order to share a life affirming experience with his son.

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