STAMFORD - Hundreds of child athletes took part in the Stamford Jewish Community Center's annual Kids Triathlon today.

The race is a Father’s Day tradition and challenges athletes ages 4-14 in their swimming, biking and running abilities.

Today’s race was special for 14-year-old competitor David Gelfand, who was born with Focal Femoral Deficiency, and his family, who have helped him persevere through his physical hardship.

Gelfand, who has a prosthetic leg, says he's been swimming since he was 2 years old. He participates in other triathlons nationwide, including one in San Diego in which he swims in the Pacific Ocean.

Helping him during today’s race was his father, Jonathon, who says David makes every day feel like Father’s Day.

“My father is a big inspiration to me and helps motivates me to keep on trying,” said Gelfand.

His sister, Rachel, also competed in today’s triathlon, placing third in her category.