Ultramarathoner Wayne Kurtz of McCandless plans to spend 48 consecutive hours -- that's right, two whole days -- running on a treadmill May 3-5, and then run the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
Mr. Kurtz will be "racing" three other ultramarathoners in England, Canada and France to raise money for charity and to prepare for an attempt to set a world record at the Triple DECA Ironman in Lake Garda, Italy, this September.
Mr. Kurtz will start his run at 6:30 a.m. May 3 on a treadmill at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Over the next 48 hours, he'll try to run more miles than his friend Steve Harvey, who'll be starting at the same time at the Plymouth Life Center in the United Kingdom.
Canadian Yves Beauchamp and Frenchman Ghislain Marechal also will do treadmill runs then, but not for so long a time as long.
Grueling as running for 48 hours straight on a treadmill and then running a marathon will be, it's a piece of cake compared to the Triple DECA Ironman -- 30 Ironman triathlons in 30 days. That's 72 miles of swimming, 3,360 miles of biking and 786 miles of running in 30 days.
It typically takes him 10 to 12 hours to do an Ironman triathlon, Mr. Kurtz said. To do 30 in 30 days he will be exercising for 300 to 360 of 720 hours. That doesn't leave much time for eating, sleeping or rest.
Mr. Kurtz, 45, trains seven days a week, mostly at night because he has a day job. He's CEO of Karlsberg International Insurance Corp. Ltd., based in Belize.
He is doing the treadmill run to raise funds for Running for Laptops, a Pittsburgh charity that provides laptop computers to needy students. To be eligible, a student must have come from foster care or the mental health system, and be attending a post-secondary educational institution. People can support Mr. Kurtz in his treadmill run, or others who are planning to run in the marathon, by visiting www.runningforlaptops.org.
Jack Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1476.