Starting July 7, 2012, Jason Langston, an athlete from Jacksonville, Florida will be attempting to complete 50 iron distance triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in 50 different states in under 100 days.
Called the 50-50-100 Langston is trying to raise awareness to charities that stop animal cruelty and the need for pet adoption. The motivation? A dog called Maggie Mae who he rescued six years ago. “They were going to put her down, I wanted to make sure she wasn’t.”
No stranger to endurance events and with a decade of competitive running behind him, he completed his first Ironman in 2004 and first ultra marathon, the 35 mile Jetty to Jetty, Mayport in 2005 and has achieved pro am cyclist status.
“I have been training with a 9 mile run to the pool, 2 mile swim and 9 mile run home, 5 days a week” Jason told us “then 100 mile bike rides at the weekend. So I am getting to know how my body feels after a lot of training. I have no special recovery routine, just rest. I won’t be running them all out, I will be pacing myself but 17 hours is the official cut off for each state”
Based out of his RV for the 100 days a support team of 3 will accompany him, taking it in shifts to record and verify that the distances and times are correct. All the swims are pool based, the reason is a logistical one “I won’t have to have a safety boat with me. Also I can video the whole swim so there can be no argument that I did swim the 2.4 miles”
When he reaches Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware he’ll double up, doing Ironman’s on consecutive days giving him a few extra days of much needed rest.
With so much swimming, biking and running ahead of him it’s the repetitiveness that he’s least looking forward to. “Each day I will be keeping a strong mental focus, I have bought a lot of inspirational qoutes and pictures to keep me focused,” he added.
Starting at The Willows YMCA, Jacksonville this Saturday, all being well the final destination will be Hawaii on October 13th. He’ll have spent 3 months criss crossing the United States, swam 120 miles, biked 5,600 miles and ran 1,310 miles, all to try and make a difference for pets.
Thanks to Danny Ward our British Bureau Chief for scooping out this story.