Dawning his bicycle helmet and ninja turtle print jacket on Sunday morning, Ryder Gibson was ready for anything.
Looking around the starting line of the 2014 Redbud classic, Ryder Gibson is easily the youngest racer seen near the start of the pack. At four years old, Ryder is racing his third 5k race, in a wheelchair.
Supported by his mom Christi and dad Brian, Ryder has been preparing for the race for quite some time, which he will wheel on his own.
The race announcer signals one minute to go before the signal gun.
Ryder looks to his parents for final advice and encouragement, but meanwhile, a handful of other racers crowded Ryder, looking to him for a bit final encouragement before their race.
“That was incredible,” one woman preparing to run remarked. “I wish I was that brave.”