Tommy featured in Runner’s World Magazine

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As opportunities for training and racing grow, runners and their families are seeing results they never anticipated.


“Tommy Des Brisay had an insatiable need to move when he was a child.

He began walking at 8 months old. He would bounce on his backyard trampoline for hours and climb heights fearlessly. He slept only three hours a night until he was 7. As he grew older, he would go on long tandem bike rides, cross-country ski, and lead his father on walks that would leave them stranded miles from their home in Ottawa, Ontario.

And when he was stressed or upset, Des Brisay—who was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 and a half—would run. This posed a danger, because he didn’t understand what could harm him: traffic, exposure to weather, strangers.

When he was 14, in 2006, his mother, MaryAnn Given Des Brisay, asked her husband, Peter Des Brisay, to try taking their son along on his daily run, hoping to provide him a way to channel his desire for movement.

“It made sense—take something someone is instinctively driven to do and make it into a positive, rather than try to squelch a behavior,” Given Des Brisay said. ”

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New Personal Best of 15:17 in 5000m at UBC Open

UBC Open April 1st- Tommy’s first outdoor track race of 2017, at an International Paralympic Committe sanctioned race, was a great success! A new 5000m personal best of 15:17! He’s now ranked 2nd in the world in the Men’s T20 5000m! Para Worlds July 2017 in London, England is within his reach! Thank you to Tommy’s new friends in Vancouver, BC, who welcomed him to their training sessions the past 2 weeks, helping him reach this new personal best! You are all awesome! Whee!   Here is the YouTube video of the race! (More videos of Tommy’s Vancouver training adventure and new friends on his YouTube channel 🙂