‘Ultra’ accomplishment

Local runner records 100-mile trek

by Michelle Watson

Dave Callison, of Ventura, proved that hard work and determination pay off at any age.  Callison recently competed in the Prairie Spirit 100-mile ultra-marathon in Ottawa, Kan.  Callison finished first in his age group, 50-59, and was seventh overall with a time of 21 hours and 12 minutes.

Callison had run a marathon before, but after being encouraged by fellow racers, he decided to run an ultra, which is a 100-mile race.

“I knew very little about ultras, but I did some research and found out that even though it seems extreme to run 100 miles, many people seemed to do it with comparable ease,” said Callison.

Callison did his math and found that most people can walk four miles an hour, 25 hours equals 100 miles, Callison said

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