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10-year-old inspires military athletes at Battlefrog race

WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) -

Some of the most intense athletes in South Carolina drew their inspiration this weekend from a 10-year-old boy suffering from health problems.

Battlefrog is a Navy Seal-inspired obstacle course race where runners trekked through mud, climbed over barricades and shimmied over lakes. Competitors gathered at the course near Winnsboro Saturday.

10-year-old Keenan Calbreath of Charlotte, has esosinophilic esophagitis, a disease where his esophagus swells when he eats most foods. He has to be fed through a tube.

But he completed the tadpole course Saturday and got a little muddy.

A group of soldiers from Fort Jackson and the Third Army at Shaw Air Force Base honored Calbreath at the event. They took him for his first helicopter ride in a World War II-era Huey.

Sergeant James McMillan dedicates all his races to Calbreath. 

"I've been running for him for almost a year, and I thought it was about time he got promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant," he said. 

Calbreath received his own uniform along with the promotion.

The soldiers also presented Keenan's mom with a certificate of appreciation for everything she does to accommodate Keenan's special needs.

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