An American father who runs marathons and uses the prize money to help pay for his young son’s medical bills, will be running Marathon Bahamas this month.
Bryan Morseman of New York will be taking part in the organization’s 10th anniversary run on January 20. He is optimistic that he’ll get his hands on a cut of the $10,000 prize purse.
His son Leeim has spina bifida, a congenital spine defect that poses a variety of health problems and can leave a child unable to walk if left untreated. He has physical therapy three times per week but still might not be able to walk when the time comes.
Morseman has a personal best in the marathon of 2:19:57.
“Every time I’m in a race, I think of him and how my pain is nothing compared to what he has gone through. He gives me the energy shot to pick me up and carry me through to the finish,” said Morseman, a lifetime runner.
The 33-year-old’s personal best times in distance events includes 14:57 in a five-kilometer (5K) race; 30:58 in a 10K race; and 1:07:18 in a half marathon.
Morseman has won 66 out of the 99 marathons he has participated in to date, including three marathons in the span of eight days in 2016.
Morseman’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in marathon running. The standard to qualify is 2:18. For now, he has pushed that dream aside in favor of just running and hopefully winning more races for his son Leeim.
Marathon Bahamas 2019 will be Morseman’s 100th marathon and he anticipates it will be his 67th win.
“I’ve been wanting to run Marathon Bahamas for a few years now, since my friend and Marathonguide.com teammate Justin Gillette won a few years ago. It always looked like a beautiful place to run,” he said, speaking of Nassau, The Bahamas.
Marathon Bahamas will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a $10,000 prize purse on January 20, 2019. The lead sponsor of the event since its inception is Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd.
For information and registration details, interested persons are asked to please visit the website www.marathonbahamas.com.