|Me & my brother spent most of our childhood exploring the world on bikes.|
|Tommy, our dad, Kim, and I backpacking through Southern Utah about the time we both started running.|
|Tommy Rivers running Middle School Cross Country|
|Qualifying for our first Oregon State Cross Country Meet|
|Photo from the East Oregonian, November 1999|
|Racing on the track as a Senior and Freshman in High School|
|Lead pack at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships|
On a weekend when we didn't have a meet, some of my teammates came home with me to visit. As a junior in high school, Tommy put us all to shame as he bounded effortlessly through the sage and volcanic soil overlooking the Columbia River on a 12 mile run. A few weeks later my teammates and I won the school's third consecutive NJCAA National Cross Country team title.
Tommy knew about barefoot running and the Tarahumara before Chris McDougall had ever heard of Caballo Blanco. As little boys from the Southwest, our childhood dream had been to go to Copper Canyon and run with the Tarahumara long before it was cool to go to Copper Canyon. Then when we were in high school, we cooled down with Bernard Lagat after an indoor meet and he invited us to go to Kenya and train with him so we weren't sure which to do.
Unfortunately, the footwear revolution that accompanied Born to Run hadn't happened yet, so when Tommy heard it was good to run barefoot he did a lot of barefoot running. Eventually his feet and legs broke. He immediately transferred his passion for excellence into cycling and swimming.
|Tommy on his steel frame steed en route to Montana for a Running Camp|
After years living in Panama and Brazil as service missionaries, we figured we needed to live in equatorial climates so we continued our university studies in Hawaii. It was there that we fell in love with the trails and running so long that we had to search for sustenance in trees. Mango, papaya, passion fruit, and guava really aren't bad options when you need a pick-me-up.
|BYU Hawaii's Cross Country Team - 2006|
|Putting on a little concert in the back of his van.|
|The start of one of many local cross country meets in Hawaii.|
|After a while he started wearing pretty Spandex Suits as well|
|A regular top finisher in Costa Rica's road races|
|Even the monkeys and mangy dogs feared him, but the people loved him.|
|Summiting Mt. Chirripo|
|A local favorite at road races, but when he got to the mountains the porters exploited his weaknesses.|
|Training at 12,000 ft on my first visit to Flagstaff. Photo Tommy Rivers Puzey|
|Training together on Mt. Elden Lookout Rd. Photo by Anna Lee Landin/|
|Dropping into the Grand Canyon in the Spring. Photo by Tommy Rivers|
|Tommy riding with Iron Cowboy James Lawrence on day 7/50 in Flagstaff, AZ. Photo by Nathan Kinder|
Trailer to a documentary by Paul Nelson Film & Photography about our Trans Rockies experience