113 Days To Go…Featured Athlete Brian

Brian is a great guy with a wonderful personality and a zest to just go and go fast.  Brian has Cerebral Palsy, but doesn’t let that get in the way of living fast.  His first power chair went through more than a few sets of tires and a couple of motors, as he would get it going as fast as it would go and throw it in reverse, of course the tires would be going backwards as the chair continued going forward.  He loved it! 


Before one of the races with Athletes in Tandem, Brian said “I hope I don’t get scared”.  So, they had a second athlete run beside him.  Of course he didn’t get scared; they gave him the confidence to do the race.  When it was over he was asked what his favorite part was.  He said “going fast!”

Brian has competed in the Crossroad Half Marathon, Run for a  Childs Sake 5k and the Firekracker 5k with Athletes in Tandem! Way to go Brian!

Did You Know:

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and mixed. There is no cure for cerebral palsy. The goal of treatment is to help the person be as independent as possible.

Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb, but they can happen at any time during the first 2 years of life, while the baby’s brain is still developing. In some people with cerebral palsy, parts of the brain are injured due to low levels of oxygen (hypoxia) in the area. It is not known why this occurs. Premature infants have a slightly higher risk of developing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy may also occur during early infancy as a result of several conditions, including: Bleeding in the brain, brain infections (encephalitis, meningitis, herpes simplex infections), head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy (rubella), severe jaundice. In some cases the cause of cerebral palsy is never determined.

Please find more information and resources here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734/

If your family or if you know a family that has participated with Athletes in Tandem, please contact us as we would love to feature them & share their story! E-mail stephanieprandall @ yahoo dot com

Jan 14 – 16.5 miles ran!! Beautiful day, finally no wind & we both felt pretty good the whole way. Although, the last
3 miles were the hardest for us both.
Jan 15 – Iced our knees, took an easy walk around town and we even hit up the rec center hot tub to relax.
Jan 16 – Strength workout at the gym and a 4 mile run to finish off the night
Jan 17 – 8 mile run in 30F degree weather with clear skies.
Looking forward to the rest of the week as temps begin to head back up into the 50F-60F’s

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