Father of Two Wins Three Marathons in Eight Days

bryan500_0Bryan Morseman, a 29-year-old father of two, won three marathons in the span of eight days earlier this month.

If that’s not impressive enough, the Bath, New York, resident has now broken the tape at 23 of the 42 marathons he’s done. This latest winning streak, however, was unusual and unexpected.

“I’d actually only planned on running [Alabama’s] Montgomery Marathon on Saturday,” said Morseman, who works as a precious metals clerk for World Kitchen, Inc. “But I figured, why not take a chance at running the Tobacco Road Marathon [in North Carolina] on Sunday because it was on the way home. I’d never done it before, so why not attempt to do two marathons back-to-back?”

Morseman ran the first race in 2:24:40, chasing it with a 2:32:39 finish less than 24 hours later.

Come the following weekend, Morseman had planned to run the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia. Not surprising, his calves were a little tight.

“I wasn’t expecting to win that one, but it was really nice to find out I was leading at halfway and I felt great,” Morseman said, who finished in 2:24:09. “It was actually the first time I’ve ever run a negative split, which was eye-opening.”

With a personal best of 2:19:57, Morseman’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. (The standard to get in is 2:18.) But for now, he has pushed that dream aside in favor of running—and hopefully winning—more races.

His reason goes beyond the superficial. Last year, Morseman’s wife underwent prenatal surgery because their unborn son had been diagnosed with spina bifida.

“What I’m doing now, any dollar I can get from these races goes toward those medical bills,” Morseman said. He earned a total of $5,750 from his three recent races.

For every marathon he attends, Morseman’s family tags along. In fact, he won’t go to a race without his now 2-year-old and 9-month-old sons.

“They’ve been very supportive of me,” Morseman said. “I want to do the best I can to make sure I leave my family with the least amount of bills. That’s my biggest inspiration.”

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source: Runnerworld by Megan Hetzel

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