|Here's Shaun's Story:
name is Shaun Evans, I am a 35 year old local runner, and I
competed in an ultra-marathon this weekend. The event was the
Sweltering Summer 6 Hour race at Clapp Park in Pittsfield, MA. The race
is a 6 hour timed event on a .355 mile loop in which runners try to
complete as many laps as possible in the allotted 6 hours.
I ran the race with my son, Shamus, who has cerebral palsy which limits
his use of his legs. I pushed him in his “running chariot”
(large running stroller) and together we ran 125 laps for a total of
44.4 miles which earned us 1st place overall!
Although I have run 30 marathons this was my first
“ultra-marathon” and Shamus and I had never run more than an hour or so
together prior to the race.
In addition I have not raced since 2011 due to the need for two
separate hip surgeries in 2012 (the most recent in September 2012).
The race result was amazing and I thought it might
make for a good story. Shamus is my inspiration. He
provided the heart for the race while I provided the leg power (to push
the 100 pounds around for 6 hours).