Oof! When I hit mile 18 of my marathon, I couldn’t imagine going 8.2 miles more.
But when Reynolds Wilson, 42, hit mile 13.1 of the the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, he just kept on going for 26.2 more.
Runner’s World reports that Wilson wore two bib numbers and timing chips, one on each leg. He finished his half marathon in 1:36:45 and kept going.
“There are a lot of races out there, a lot of half marathons and marathons,” Wilson told Runner’s World. “I just thought it would be interesting to do something that was a little out there.”
“He jumped a plastic barrier, sprinted the 100 yards to where the marathon was starting, grabbed a hydration pack from a waiting running buddy, and shoved his half marathon medal in the pocket. Then he crossed the starting line again,” Runner’s World reports.
Shamrock Marathon and Half Marathon race director Jerry Frostick says no one is known to have run both Shamrock races before. Now organizers are considering making it an official option.
“We thought, ‘Gosh, that’s great,'” Frostick said. “He’s definitely gotten our minds going.”