By Brittany Valencic
Sayers Grooms loves to run. She loves to race and to feel the wind rush through her short strawberry blond hair. She loves the way it makes her feel: free.
Except, running is a lot harder when your legs don’t work properly. Sayers is 9 years old and has ataxic cerebral palsy. Despite her challenges, Sayers participates in RaceRunning, a Danish sport for people with mobility disabilities and impaired balance.
Competitors use custom-built bikes that resemble a hybrid between a bicycle and a wheelchair, which gives runners the correct support and allows them to move at relatively high speeds.
“She is a committed and focused athlete who is trapped in an uncooperative body,” said Mary Grooms, Sayers’ mother. “I wanted to find a sport outlet for my daughter, and it turns out RaceRunning was the perfect answer.”
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