As color flooded the sky at sunset, Prescott Fire Engineer Jason Heartisan started out with his five year old daughter and wife by his side. Last year he ran 65 miles around the Prescott Circle Trail, but tonight the goal was higher. The Brownlow trails offers a 4.2 mile loop that he would repeat through the night, hoping to run further than he's ever gone before. "I wanted to do something that I considered impossible,” he said.
Making the impossible possible, in the darkest hours before sunrise, good friend and middle school teacher Linde Lisbona joined him, running by headlamps, they persisted past mile 40 and into the icy dawn. "At mile fifty I thought I would never make to one hundred, but I just focused on putting one foot in front of the other.” “I could do one more lap," said Heartisan.
His son, 11, came to ride a lap with him and bring him pizza. Throughout the day, friends, family and coworkers stopped in and phoned in to cheer him on. “Seeing the community pull together around me was a gift and an inspiration,” said Heartisan. Heartisan's wife came to finish the last 6 miles with him in the dark. His fire captain, Dave Peterson, joined them for the last steps of the 100 miles into the flashing lights of a fire engine and hearty congratulations of fellow fire fighters.
If Supervisor Brownlow were still alive, surely he would have been on hand for the final lap to congratulate Heartisan!