MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Carlos Serrano Jr. said he is competing in an Iron Man competition to honor the memory of his father who was killed by a distracted driver.
Serrano Jr. wears a wrist band in memory of his father, Carlos Serrano Sr: "Never quit the game."
"It's one of those quotes that can be applied to anything, not just athletics or sports, really anything you do. It just something I've grown to live by and try to live it out every day," said Serrano. "My dad's favorite quote was to never quit the game.
"My dad competed in Iron Man Triathlons. He did seven of them. One afternoon we were training for a race together, he was on a bike ride by himself and I found out later that afternoon that he was hit and killed by a distracted driver using a cell phone."
Serrano was killed nearly four years ago.
"It's one of those moments where it just hit me. And I stepped away from the sport after I completed my half Iron Man because I wasn't into it. I was scared to get on a bike, yet alone compete because of what happened to him."
After the tragedy, Carlos stopped competing for two and a half years, until he realized his dad would want more from him.
"That's what kind of got me back into it was his story – he wouldn't want me to quit because of what happened to him and if I can get back out there and show that after that incidence I'm not afraid to get back out there and conquer a fear – who knows what else I can conquer and who knows what other people can be inspired to do because I've done what I've done."
Carlos is now training for Kona Iron Man, a race his father dreamed of competing in.
"For me, it's kind of like we both win. If I do make it to Hawaii and I complete the race, when I cross that finish line, I think my first thought's going to be, hey dad we did it – we both did it. It's not as much for me, as it is for us."
Vote for Carlos to compete in the Kona Iron Man Triathlon here.
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