Air Force Runner Completes 100-Mile Race

By Kelleher, Nathaniel | Parks & Recreation, December 2001 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Air Force Runner Completes 100-Mile Race

Kelleher, Nathaniel, Parks & Recreation

Run, Forest! Run!" Well, not quite, but to finish a 100-mile run, an instructor pilot from the 53rd Airlift Squadron here needed all the motivation he could get.

"You're running for 30 hours," said Capt. Shannon Johnson. "You start in the dark, the sun comes up, you run all day, the sun sets, the stars come out, the moon comes out, you run all night long, the sun comes up and you're still running.

"At the 92-mile mark, somewhere in the mountains around Perryville, Ark., Johnson realized he might not make the 30-hour time limit in the Arkansas Traveller 100-Mile Foot Race, held Oct. 6 and 7 in Perryville. Then something started burning inside. He had come too far not to make the final time limit, he said.

"So even though it really hurt, I just sucked it up and started running," he said. He was the Last to make the time limit, crossing the finish line in 29:52:20.

The Traveller, which is one of five "ultraruns" held annually in America, is not just a long road race. "The whole time you're on fire roads, which is a one-way rutted gravel road, or it's on a trail; and it's constantly up and down mountains," he said.

This is just one in a slew of physical challenges runners face during the race, Johnson said. "The big danger in these is your kidneys," he said. "What happens is your body starts breaking down your muscle tissue because you can't eat enough food, and that muscle tissue collects on your kidneys.

"To combat this, Johnson said he kept a hydration unit on his back and ate whenever possible at the various checkpoints, where he also received a Lot of encouragement from his wife and other spectators.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Air Force Runner Completes 100-Mile Race


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?