Jim Parry is ready for another grueling physical and mental challenge.
Parry, a sixth-grade teacher at Stewartville Middle School, hopes to run and walk 100 miles in 24 hours this Thursday and Friday.
Parry will begin his endurance challenge from Stewartville Middle School this Thursday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. He plans to continue running and walking around Stewartville until Friday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m.
A year ago, he completed 96 miles in 24 hours around a four-mile loop. This year, he's hoping to add four miles to that total. He invites adults and students to join him along the course.
"People can come out with their families and go for a bike ride," he said. "They don't have to join me, but they can if they want to."
Mike Russell, a distance running coach at Stewartville during the late 1980s, will join Parry during the especially challenging late-night, early-morning hours.
"He's telling me that he will do all the thinking and planning for me," Parry said. "All I'll have to do is keep moving."
Parry says that the key to making his 100-mile goal will be to cover more miles during the late-night and early-morning hours. Last year, his pace slowed considerably during that time.
"The only way is to run more during the overnight hours," he said.
Parry has been completing training runs of 20 to 25 miles to get ready for his challenge.
"I did one run of 28 miles and one of 30 miles and was completely comfortable with that," he said.