January 04, 2017 12:00AM
Imagine running a 100K race in late December.
Now imagine running 10 of them.
Now imagine running 10 of them in one day.
“A little crazy, sure,” said Kevin Bracker, a Pittsburg State finance professor and avid long-distance runner.
On Dec. 31, Bracker completed his first 100K race during the Pistol Ultra relay event in Alcoa, Tenn.He completed the 62.2-mile run in 12 hours and nine minutes.
12 hours and nine minutes of running.
“I like the challenge of running long distances,” Bracker said. “The running was a mix of running and walking. I started out at about 10 minutes running and 2 minutes walking. By the halfway point it was mainly jog/walk by feel with a couple minutes jogging followed by a bit of walking, repeat as necessary.
"There were no real rest breaks, as the clock is always running," he said. "Part of that is the fact that stopping makes it harder to restart. Moving forward, even slowly, is part of the process."
The 100K race comes just over a year after he completed his first 50-mile ultramarathon at the Ad Astra per Ultra races in Derby. He finished that race in 9 hours, 19 minutes and 45 seconds.
Bracker took up running four years ago as a way of losing weight and improving his health. It quickly became a passion.
“I started running a few years ago with no set goal in mind other than getting in a little better shape,” he said, “but then I got addicted. I came to really enjoy it.”
That’s not to say, however, that there isn’t some pain involved.
“We had an 11-hour drive home the day after the 100K race,” he said. “Every time we stopped and I had to get out of the car, it was nearly impossible to move. I felt 50 years older than I actually am. That said, I was thrilled with the result, especially since I had stopped early on my last two attempts at this.”