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Have you ever thought of running for six hours straight? How about 12? That is exactly what this mother and son duo accomplished this past Saturday in Witchita, Kansas.
Isaac Timmerman and his mother Cortney Wilson competed in an ultrathon in which Timmerman competed in the 12 hour race, while Wilson competed in the six hour race.
Timmerman is a senior at Mount Ayr High School and runs cross country and track and field. He recently placed 38th at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge on November 2. Wilson, Timmerman’s mother, is always there to cheer on her son, however, this weekend she was joining him on the course.
Timmerman and Wilson started at 6 a.m. and ran a 2.1 mile loop. Timmerman completed 56 miles to place sixth, while Wilson finished second in her division, running 31 miles.
“It was pretty brutal,” said Timmerman. “I haven’t ran over eight miles in months so the pain was very present from the second hour to the twelfth.”
To prepare for a run like this, usually a person trains by running 50-60 miles a week. In cross country, Isaac ran about 30.
“I just kept my head down and kept running until I couldn’t and then I walked fast,” said Timmerman. “I finished the last four miles running.”
Timmerman is now focused on the upcoming track season this spring, in which he has his sights on three school records.
“That is top priority now,” said Timmerman. “I’m excited to put in hard work and then see that come out during track. I’m going after Mr. Elliott’s 800 meter record and Noah Larsen’s mile and two mile records.
Timmerman has enlisted with the United States Navy with the intent to join the US Navy SEALS program after graduating from Mount Ayr.