LOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A 50-mile run is an incredible challenge. Try it with your jaw wired shut.
Brandon Mulnix of Lowell in western Michigan accomplished the feat last weekend when he competed in the North Country Trail Run in the Manistee National Forest. He told The Daily News of Greenville that he consumed only liquid nutrition while running for more than 12 hours.
"As an experienced ultra-marathon runner I wanted to challenge the community by doing something extreme," Mulnix said. "Last year at this race I had to quit at 25 miles into the race due to overheating. The chances of me finishing this year were even less, but I like a challenge."
Mulnix, 32, still is recovering from a car wreck in February. A major fracture on the right side of his jaw didn't heal, and a plate holding the jaw together broke. Doctors wired his jaw 10 days before the race.
Race director Chris Nicholas said last Saturday's race had more than 500 runners from 29 states and Canada.
"The wired jaw certainly posed a lot of challenges for Brandon," Nicholas said. "When you are out running a race, anything above a marathon, you've got to make sure you are eating substance."
Mulnix said dozens of people had pledged to give food to food pantries for his effort.
"We raised one food item for every mile so more than 3,000 non-perishable food items will be donated to communities across Michigan and as far away as Texas. I couldn't let people go hungry just because I was hurting," he said.
He didn't even take the rest of the weekend off: Mulnix ran a 5K Sunday in Grand Rapids.
Information from: The Daily News
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