Fans of the ever-inspiring iFit endurance athlete Tommy Rivers “Rivs” Puzey can tune in now for a live iFit Race Series during the 2022 Boston Marathon, today, April 18, with events starting after 9 a.m. ET. iFit is filming the race live as part of its multi-year sponsorship as an official partner of the Boston Marathon.
Puzey’s Boston Marathon PR is 2:18:20 in 2017 where he finished 16th overall, but this year’s pace will be decidedly set to a light jog with walking breaks. Puzey – a legendary ultrarunner who has won a number of prestigious races, including the 2016 TransRockies 120-miler – was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma in July 2020. Since he has fought back from a month-long coma, months of intensive care, six rounds of chemotherapy, and dropping to 75 pounds. After being released from the hospital, Puzey has been actively working to regain basic levels of physical function. To mark a year since his relearning to walk, he entered the 2021 New York City Marathon, finishing at an astounding 9:18:57.
Puzey, a father of three, has been active on social media with updates on his recovery, and has completed dozens of iFit series runs, walks, and bike rides, including cultural runs and walks around the globe (Puzey is an anthropologist who speaks five languages).
Puzey said of his Boston Marathon attempt today:
I hope those who do this series will be encouraged to know that at times progress is slow, but simply moving forward is sometimes enough.
Mark Watterson, iFit president and chief experience officer, said:
We are honored that Rivs, who is beloved by our 7 million members and the global running community, will lead our Boston Marathon race series. His comeback and perseverance are profoundly inspiring to anyone facing obstacles in their life.
Among those running alongside Puzey for the entirety of the 26.2 miles will be a cameraman, audio technician, and an iFit trainer, who will help Puzey with pace, running form, and keeping a consistent speaking style with the camera.
Treadmills not supported by iFit can still stream the Boston Marathon race workouts and make speed and incline adjustments manually. Simply download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play, and sign up for the 30-day free trial.
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