They both ran Boston earlier this year.
With all the focus on the top runners from Kenya at Sunday’s New York City Marathon, a pair of competitors may have been overlooked: Alex and Jamie Schneider.
According to ABC News, the Schneider brothers — who are identical twins — are severely autistic.
“In the spectrum, they’re at the very bottom. Both of them are non-verbal,” said their mother, Robyn. “[Running] is our number one main activity as a family. Everything else kind of comes second.”
The boys took up running after their father noticed how much they enjoyed when he chased them around.
“We actually found out about a club that offered volunteers to run with individuals with disabilities,” Robyn admitted. “They said, ‘These guys are amazing.'”
Both boys run with the assistance of a guide. Yesterday, in New York City, they ran for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment to raise money and awareness for the non-profit dedicated to the education and care of people with autism.
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