- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (AP) - The sponsor of a central New York road race is prohibiting 12-year-old twin boys who use wheelchairs from participating, and a group of runners are boycotting the Fourth of July event.

Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius have muscular dystrophy but have participated in a recent triathlon and half-marathon as part of Team 2 Smiles. It’s a team of experienced runners who take turns pushing the boys’ wheelchairs in races, and they had planned to push the boys during the 10-mile race in Cazenovia.

But when Team 2 Smiles asked for permission two weeks ago for the boys to participate, the Syracuse Chargers Track Club board denied the request, citing safety concerns.

The twins’ mother tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/1mk90NO ) she’s disappointed her sons can’t race in her hometown.