NEWTON – If you think running one marathon is impressive, how does 100 sound? That’s the number Dave Isom from Newton will reach this weekend at the Logan City Marathon.
The English teacher at Logan High School started running in 2004 as a way to get in shape for hunting season. 15 years later, he’s breaking a threshold not many runners reach.
“I’m excited to get this milestone in,” he said. “When I first started running, I thought I’d run 50 marathons before turning 50. When I got up in the 70s, I thought I might as well round that number up and make it to 100.”
To reach that goal in 2019 Isom has run 15 marathons since May.
“I probably should have stretched that out a bit,” he added.
Isom will finish the running season with the St. George Marathon in a few weeks and then the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.
“The Marine Corps race has over 30,000 runners, so that will be a whole new experience and challenge for me,” he said.
While most of his races have been in Utah, Isom has also completed marathons in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana. He is dedicating this race to people with intellectual disabilities.
“I would just like people to be aware that people with intellectual disabilities should be part of the community. They have a lot to offer,” he explained.
When asked about the new course for the Logan City Marathon this year, Isom said he’s always up for a new course.
“I’m a little sad it’s not going down the canyon because it’s beautiful this time of year, but I love to have a good local race,” he said.
Isom’s pre-race ritual when he’s out of town is to have prime rib the night before. “Not exactly carbo-loading, but it works for me.”
During the race, he likes to pass the time with podcasts and has a 3-song finishing playlist he turns on the last mile of the race. He said his favorite part comes the next day when he can sit on the couch all day and watch football without feeling guilty about it.