PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –A local man has completed a sports event that most of us get winded just thinking about.
He competed in a triathlon every day for 30 days.READ MORE: Heinz Field COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Fills Additional Appointments; AHN, Dick's Sporting Goods Team Up For Clinic
This is a story about a man, an iron man, three times over. For 46-year-old Wayne Kurtz, it happened in Lake Garda, Italy. It began Sunday Sept. 8 and ended Monday Oct. 7.
KDKA’s Brenda Waters: “You swam 2.4 miles every day for 30 days? Correct? You biked 112 miles every day for 30 days? Right? And you ran a marathon every day for 30 days? Correct?”
It sounds impossible. A triathlon every day for 30 days, but Kurtz, an investment company executive, did just that.
“Every day at 7:45 a.m. we showed up at the pool. The gun fired, the race lasted anywhere between 11 hours for the day up to over 20 hours for the day, depending on what happened,” said Kurtz.
A lot happened – bruises, blisters, shin injuries, soreness and don’t forget the bike crashes.
Kurtz, who is in great physical shape and works out daily, says the race was 30 percent physical and 70 percent mental.READ MORE: State Police Give 10 Warnings To Pittsburgh Businesses Over COVID-19 Orders
The key was to stay in the moment, focusing on one event and one day at a time.
“My mantra going in was there was no option of not finishing,” Kurtz said.
And finish he did.
Twenty men and one woman began the race, eight men finished. Kurtz was the sixth to cross the finish line.
He was about 30 pounds thinner, and there was no prize money; just the gratification of knowing he did it.
This was a first event and it has already been submitted for the Guinness Book of World Records.City Council Honors Retiring Pittsburgh Police Commander Karen Dixon