Fans of Tommy Rivers Puzey, the iFitendurance runner, can tune in to a live iFit Race Series today during the 2022 Boston Marathon. Events start after 9 a.m. ET. ET.
Puzey’s Boston Marathon PR was 2:08:20 in 2017, where he placed 16th overall. However, this year’s pace is set to a light jog and walking breaks. Puzey, a legendary ultrarunner who won many prestigious races including the 2016 TransRockies 120 miler, was diagnosed in July 2020 with an aggressive and rare form of lymphoma. After a prolonged coma and six rounds of chemotherapy, Puzey has recovered from the illness. He is now 75 pounds lighter. Puzey was released from the hospital and has been working hard to regain his basic physical function. Puzey ran the 2021 New York City Marathon to mark one year since he retrained to walk. He finished at an amazing 9:18.57.
Puzey, father to three children, is active on social media, posting updates about his recovery and completing dozens of iFit seriesruns and walks. He also has bike rides and completed cultural runs around the world (Puzey is an Anthropologist and can speak five languages).
Puzey spoke out about his Boston Marathon run today:
I hope that those who complete this series will feel encouraged to realize that progress can sometimes be slow but that moving forward is sometimes sufficient.
Mark Watterson, chief experience officer at iFit, stated:
Rivs is a beloved figure among our 7 million members as well as the international running community. We are proud to have him lead our Boston Marathon race series. Anyone who has faced obstacles in life will find his perseverance and comeback inspiring.
Puzey will run alongside an audio technician and a cameraman for the entire 26.2-mile distance.
Treadmills that are not supported by iFit may still stream the Boston Marathon race workouts, and can make speed and incline adjustments manualy. Download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play and sign up to receive a 30-day trial.