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Paralympian comes home for race

Published On: Mar 16 2014 12:50:10 PM CDT
BRISTOL, Tenn. -

The Bristol race brings all kinds of people into town for the weekend.

The Tri-Cities’ own Blake Leeper is also in town, and it’s not just on the new magazine he is featured in.

He has the honor of waving the green flag to begin the race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Leeper is a medalist with the USA Paralympic Track & Field team. He calls Kingsport home.

He says he travels frequently, but it’s always nice to come home.

"It's pretty special to me. I live in San Diego and travel around the world, but there's no place like home. Having my friends and family supporting me here in my hometown, so I really enjoy it," Leeper says.

He is trying to become the first American double-amputee to run in the Olympic and Paralympic games in Track & Field.

He has a few races before he’ll try for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.