The test was likely as emotional as it was physical for Steve Bean.
The Chattanooga father completed the Ironman 2015 only one day after burying the son he was supposed to compete beside.
"It was a year-long process that we had done together, every single day," Bean said. "And I needed to finish what I, what we, had started."
Bean's son Cameron died the Monday before the race from injuries sustained when a car hit him while running.
Cameron, only 28, was a competitive runner and had been training with his dad to compete in the 2015 Chattanooga Ironman.
Though his son was not physically by his side, there were signs and cheers of support along the way. "Run like Cameron," read one sign along the 10th mile stretch.
And with heavy legs but a heavier heart, Bean crossed the finish line with a time of 15:35:28.
"Steve, we've been waiting for you all day," the announcer called as Bean closed in. "Steve! You. Are. An. Ironman!"
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