Today: Jan 22 , 2020

Local Firefighter Runs 100 Miles Through the Night

25 November 2019   David Haskell, Engineer/Paramedic

Heartisan ran for more than 27 hours around the Brownlow Trails.

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.

Editor’s note: Gheral Brownlow for whom the trails are named, was an avid runner himself. He helped start the Whiskey Row Marathon and the Man Against Horse Race, and often used races to raise money for organizations such as Headstart, Boys & Girls Clubs, Yavapai Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The Whiskey Row Boot Race was one of his favorites. For many years, he ran in Senior Olympics winning the 400 meter run.

If Supervisor Brownlow were still alive, surely he would have been on hand for the final lap to congratulate Heartisan!