RUNNER MEANS BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTING SYNDROME
MIKE Tozer will look sharper than his fellow athletes when he chases a world record at Blacktown Running Festival on Sunday.
The father of two will don a bright blue suit in a bid to set a new world record for running a halfmarathon in business attire.
Mr Tozer said he was making the attempt to raise awareness of fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of autism.
His son, Josiah, 5, has fragile X and for Mr Tozer the suit is a metaphor for the condition.
“Running with the suit is like having someone pushing back and down on your shoulders,” he said.
“It’s tough. But it’s nothing compared to the daily challenges faced by those with fragile X.”
This will be the second time UKborn Mr Tozer has tried to break the record after coming within 27 seconds of it at the Sydney Half Marathon. He said he was confident he could improve that time at Blacktown International Sportspark, at Rooty Hill.
“I was never going to set a record without a suit, but this record is something I can achieve,” he said.
“It’s amazing what we can achieve despite what holds you back. That really spoke to me in terms of my son and his genetic condition. So this suit which is holding me down drenched in sweat is a constant reminder of why I am doing this.
“In terms of awareness there’s never too many times you can share knowledge of this condition, which is all too common.”
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Registrations are closed but the public is welcome to watch.
Mike Tozer, Bryny Marcri and her son John, 2, and Jay Dave, are taking part in the Blacktown Running Festival. Picture: David Swift