Father son duo start journey down the Mississippi in Moorhead

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Moorhead, MN - 1,700 miles in 28 days

That’s the goal of Shaun Evans and his son Shamus.

Shamus was born with cerebral palsy, making it difficult for him to move freely.

When his parents first heard the news, they were worried about what this meant for their son going forward.

“We were concerned that he wasn’t going to be able to do everything. But whatever way we could make it happen so that he could participate as fully as he could, we were going to do that” says Shaun.

And Shamus did more than even they could imagine.

“ He skis in the winter and he horseback rides and he plays adaptive sports and obviously running and we do triathlons together so Shamus continues to dream big and we work to make those dreams a reality” says Shaun

Last year, Shaun and Shamus ran from coast to coast participating in 5Ks all along the way.

This year, they have a new goal.

Starting here in Moorhead, the pair plans to meet up with the Mississippi river and go all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico.

While Shaun has always been supportive, Shamus has been the driving force behind this initiative.

“Shamus is the man behind the mission. I’m the legs, but he’s the dreamer” says Shaun

“He wants to be involved as much as he possibly can. Even though his legs don’t work like mine do, I have the oppurtunity to lend him my legs.”

Along the way, they’ll be handing out specially designed chairs so people like Shamus can be as active as they want to be.

The pair ran in support of Ainsley's Angels, a national organization that helps pair disabled runners with those specially designed chairs.

Shaun and Shamus will now be on their way to Detroit Lakes for the next leg of their journey.