by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Can-Do Attitude

Seeking a strong dose of can-do attitude and inspiration? Look no further than Del Mar’s Pathman family. Parents, Jim and Lisa, and twin teenage sons, Riley and Shane, are Team Pathman, competing in triathlons and marathons around Southern California and beyond.

What sets Team Pathman apart is how they compete. Riley and Shane were born three months premature and have cerebral palsy. The boys have been active in many sports – surfing, baseball, skiing – but in 2010, Team Pathman took the plunge to complete the Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon. “Since then we have raced five triathlons, tried out numerous bike combinations, developed our own tow/swim styles, figured out how to run, and basically had a great time doing it all together,” Jim explained. “We hope to inspire while we perspire.”

Outside of race weekends, the Pathman family stays busy with the demands of daily life. Lisa is a second grade teacher at Sage Canyon School and Jim is the CEO of Data Resolution, a technology hosting company. Riley and Shane are sophomores at Torrey Pines High School, where they participate on the track team. Shane is also an avid gamer with his own YouTube game channel, while Riley loves the thrill of the triathlon. “Riley wakes up every morning and says, ‘Swim, Bike, Run?’ He wears a medal to school most Mondays that he earned in a race that weekend,” Jim shared.

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This past year, the Pathman family completed the San Diego Triathlon Challenge in La Jolla. Jim described the experience, “It took us seven hours to finish. All four of us participated along with multiple friends and family helping to support and complete the parts of the tri. We are Team Pathman and that is a lot of people.”

Team Pathman is passionate about spreading their message: “Inclusion for all athletes and the message ‘Yes you can.’” They have started a Team Hoyt San Diego, inspired by Dick and Rick Hoyt, and currently sponsor 10 challenged athletes. “Team Hoyt San Diego provides running chair equipment, race fees, and runners ready to push,” Jim stated.

Quality of life is a priority for Team Pathman. “We believe that physically challenged individuals can live a fuller life through sport and physical exercise, not just limiting their activity to physical therapy in clinical settings,” Jim explained. “People are always commenting that our boys have done more things than most kids,” Jim said.

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AT-A-GLANCE

Parents: Jim and Lisa Pathman
Children: Riley and Shane Pathman (16, Sophomores at TPHS)
Community: Del Mar since 2001
Parents’ Hometowns: Jim – Mission Beach, San Diego; Lisa – Bonita, San Diego
Parents’ Occupations: Jim – Technology CEO; Lisa – Teacher at Sage Canyon School
Pet: Libby – Riley’s service dog, Golden Retriever
Favorite Local Spots: Lomas Sante Fe Country Club and Station Sushi