Mike Morton could. Went all the way out front to win in 15:40 and set a course record.
There's more to Morton's story. He's career military, first as a Navy diver from Maryland, then later as an Army Green Beret who deployed many times after the 9/11 attack. There's a lot about Mike Morton we don't know...and never will.
But what is public is his running prowess. A nagging hip injury and his military commitment took him out of the sport for over a decade...but he came back with all cylinders firing. Here's a quick rundown of the damage Mike inflicted on the ultra community in his last few races:
Umstead 100 mile (NC) - 13:11, overall win and course record
Long Haul 100 mile (FL) - 13:18, overall win
Hinson Lake 24 hour - 163.9 miles, overall win
This guy is 40 years old.
Just listened to a great interview with Mike on Trail Runner Nation:
There's no other angle on this story than full-on inspirational. We'll have to stay tuned, the Green Beret in this story is headed to the Badwater 135 mile.
More to come as it's reported...