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I Would Run 100 Miles

5/15/2020 9:53:36 AM - Lyndee Johns

Assistant teaching professor Dr. Michael Thomas will run 50 miles and he will run 50 more, just to be the man who ran 100 miles.

All under 48 hours.

On February 14–15, 2020, Thomas participated in the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival in Las Vegas. The Festival offers timed races (runners run/walk as far as they can during their selected time of six, 12, 24, or 48 hours) and the 100-mile race. Runners for the timed races compete on a 2.5-mile looped track.

“This [was] my third time competing in the event,” says Thomas. “Prior to this, I’ve done the 12-hour race in 2019 and 2018 . . . In 2018, I did like 52.5 miles over 12 hours. In 2019, I increased that to 58.5. I really didn’t think I’d want to go further than that, but this year, I just realized that if I was ever going to run 100 miles, then this was the best time.”

Rather than compete in the 100-mile race and run on Sunday, Thomas chose to run 100 miles in the 48-hour race, which started on Friday rather than Saturday. The pressure was on: to avoid running on Sunday, Thomas had to finish 100 miles in 40 hours.

Not exactly an easy feat.

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