RUN­NER MEANS BUSI­NESS HIGH­LIGHT­ING SYN­DROME

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - An­gela Ranke

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.”

For more de­tails, visit medium.com/fast­suit­guy.

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

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