Rosenleaf, Hoar run 131 miles in 5 days

Butte runners Ozzie Rosenleaf and Gary Hoar just accomplished more in less than a week than many runners will do in a lifetime.

Rosenleaf, 40, and Hoar, 52, completed the Riverboat Series today by running their fifth full marathon in five days.

Yes, that is 26.2 miles per day five days in a row.

Both runners said they feel pretty good after finishing the grueling series.

“My feet are hating me, but my legs are all right,” Hoar said.

The series featured five races in five states, running through Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Both ran faster each day, too.

Rosenleaf  ran the Day 1 race in Kentucky in 4 hours, 21 minutes. Today he ran the Day 5 marathon in Louisiana in 3:26.

In between, Rosenleaf finished Tennessee in 4:08, Arkansas in 4:03 and Mississippi in 3:50.

“I was pretty happy with today,” Rosenleaf said. “Actually, I was happy with all five. It was awesome.”

Rosenleaf said he was pacing himself to get ready for a fast time in the finale.

“When you’ve got 131 miles, you’ve got to use your head a little bit,” Rosenleaf said. “There’s probably a little irony in that statement.”

Hoar ran in 4 hours, 9 minutes today. He started at 4:34, then went to 4:22, 4:26 and 4:14.

The running partners trained on basically the same timeline as if they were running just one marathon. After they’re long run on Saturdays, though, they ran longer runs on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

“We wanted to make sure we were used to running on tired legs,” Hoar said.

Rosenleaf and Hoar maxed out at about 80 miles per week.

Both runners are running with the goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. Rosenleaf, who ran his first marathon in 2005, has 23 states under his belt. Hoar, whose first marathon was in 2008, has 15.

Hoar said Rosenleaf, who completed an Ironman in under 13 hours last year, talked him in to running the series, a decision that got him some skeptic looks in the months leading up to it.

“This was all Ozzie’s idea,” Hoar said. “I would come up with something crazy like this. He convinced me it was possible, even if my family wasn’t so sure.” 1 comment

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  • Kristy
    April 16, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Gary and Ozzie we are so glad you made your goal! We are so proud of you both and glad you are coming home alive!


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