Columbus National Guard runs 106 miles in 24-hour race
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) — He’s been in the military since he was 17, but when 23-year-old Army Sgt. Nathan Harmon doesn’t hire soldiers, he runs long distance races – sometimes over 100 miles.
“The way the military mindset, when it comes to racing, is to go fast, go fast. It can actually physically break you,” said SGT Nathan Harmon of the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center. Six years into his military career, this National Guardsman – who is on active duty at Fort Benning – has also learned different strategies while training for ultra-marathons, runs over 26.2 miles.
The one he recently ran was a 24-hour, 1-mile loop event in Dahlonega, Georgia at Camp Merrill, home to the mountain phase of the Army Ranger School. “It gave me a little more motivation seeing the Ranger tab there because I attended Ranger School in January,” Harmon said.
In this run, from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m., Harmon started with prayer — and ran 106 miles. After running 63 miles, he developed heat exhaustion.
“I was on my knees, couldn’t hold anything back, I was throwing up,” Harmon told us.
An ambulance was called, but he rehydrated, recovered and resumed running, walking the next 37 miles. The soldier says he draws strength from his faith to push his body to the limits.
“I have this mentality, being in the military and thank God, just keep going, don’t stop,” he said.
As he trains for an upcoming winter 100-mile race in Alabama, Harmon’s day job is at the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center locally, with the opportunity to influence young soldiers.
“I’m a support platoon NCO, so we get soldiers every day,” Harmon said. “Lead by example, lead by example, tell someone Do this and you would never do it yourself.”
He also has a passion for weather, halfway through earning a degree in meteorology. His future in the military also looks bright.
“One foot in front of the other, continually letting God use me to bring glory to him…running, leading soldiers,” Harmon said.
If you want to learn more about Harmon’s 24 Hour Race, Lessons of the Army and Faith, go to https://www.wtvm.com/page/podcast/. He’s on the last episode of “Run The Race”.
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