Team Thomas: Unbreakable bond between father and son
We first met Thomas Long two years ago. Now the 16-year-old sophomore from Sheldon High School has a new hobby.
In order to stay in shape to be able to lift his child with cerebral palsy, 40-year-old Russ Long began training for marathons about a year ago.
"I want to do that Dad," Thomas told his father.
Russ wasn't going to tell his son 'no', so enter the 'The Team Thomas Runner'.
It is a pricey recumbent trike with custom adaptive parts to steer, run and keep Thomas safe and sound.
Team Thomas hit the streets of the Rose City for it's racing debut earlier this month in the Portland Half-Marathon.
"People that were running by us would shake your hand and say "go Team Thomas!" Russ told us son.
Thomas absolutely loved it. "People that didn't even know me!"
Thomas and Russ finished ninth in their division in one-hour and 54 minutes.
"I did not expect to do that well," Thomas stated.
His dad added, "He was beaming with excitement the whole entire way."
The intent of Team Thomas is to help enliven people of all abilities to live life to the fullest.
"He exudes excitement for life, so he just inspires people all over the place," the proud father said.
No matter what obstacles life brings, there is an unbreakable bond between father and son.
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