Wheelchair participants don’t let disability, or gravel, slow them down


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Teo Roy rolled, not ran, over the finish line.

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Teo Roy rolled, not ran, over the finish line.

The first time participant in the Manitoba Marathon posted a time of 41:51 in the 2.6 mile Super Run, rolling his wheelchair through gravel and dirt on the track in less than ideal conditions.

“It was fun and exciting, but also really hard,” said Teo, out of breath after crossing the finish line inside Investors Group Field. “The wheels of my chair can get stuck in gravel, so that can be tough to get through.”

Ryan Thorpe / Winnipeg Free Press Left to right: Bernard Rosello, 11, Teo Roy, 11, and Cassia Jauthier, 15, moments after completing the Manitoba Marathon's 2.6 mile Super Run, Sunday.

After finishing, 11-year-old Teo and his father Daniel waited for his friends and teammates from the Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association basketball team to finish.

More than 10 of them came out Sunday to participate in the 39th Manitoba Marathon. Despite their mobility issues, they all finished the race, with some competing in the Super Run and others in the half marathon.

Teo’s father Daniel ran alongside his son the entire way.

“It was pretty exhilarating to be honest,” said Daniel. “Just to run alongside Teo was a great experience. It was kind of inspiring. I had a feeling he might get tired, but he kept a steady pace the whole way through. He really impressed me today. The gravel was kind of ridiculous, but we got through it.”

Teo was born with a disability in his lower legs called arthrogryposis that can be best described as a neuromuscular disorder.

Its name derives from Greek and means “curving of joints,” and leads to abnormal fibrosis of muscle tissue which causes muscle shortening.

As a result of the condition, which is not progressive, Teo has never been able to walk.

That, however, did not stop him on Sunday.

“It’s challenging with the chairs,” said Daniel. “We weren’t really warned about the conditions and, as he said, the gravel is tough for them. It wasn’t ideal conditions for anyone in a wheelchair, but he got through it.”

Teo was the first from his team to finish the Super Run, but was joined shortly after by his friends Bernard Rosello, 11, and Cassia Jauthier, 15.

Neither rain, nor gravel, nor a disability, held them back Sunday.


Ryan Thorpe

Ryan Thorpe

Ryan Thorpe likes the pace of daily news, the feeling of a broadsheet in his hands and the stress of never-ending deadlines hanging over his head.

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