This Saturday, Marty Busekrus, Senior Associate, Investment Properties with CBRE Capital Markets will compete in the KEYS100 ultramarathon.
The race is a point-to-point event beginning in Key Largo at the 100-mile marker (or in Marathon, for the 50-mile race, which is the race Marty will be running) and ending in Key West on the Atlantic Ocean at Smathers Beach.
The race is actually one of the tougher ultramarathons in the country because of the heat and humidity associated with the event. It’s held in mid-May each year “when it gets nice and toasty,” commented Marty. ”Not many folks are crazy or dumb enough to do this.” Last year, only about 100 runners signed up for the 50-mile race and many didn’t finish.
Marty is pretty new to running actually. ”About 6 years ago, I was friends with several runners who I always made fun of. I went out and tried to run a mile and couldn’t. I had just had a son and wanted to make sure I was healthy enough for him to grow up with a dad that could run more than a mile.” Five months later, Marty ran his first marathon and two years ago, finished his first full Ironman. He is currently training for his second Ironman triathalon, which is coming up this November.
“The 40-75 miles a week that I run is my form of meditation in this hectic commercial real estate market. They always say that endurance athletes are running from something, which of course applies to everyone else but myself.”
As far as training goes, Marty heads out for a 20-mile run before work. And if that’s not challenging enough, he also suffers from Deep Vein Thrombosis. ”I’ve had two blood clots in my legs that have required hospitalization, so I try to raise awareness for the National Alliance for Thrombosis & Thrombophilia (www.stoptheclot.org).
“Just because someone has a potential life threatening illness doesn’t mean they have to be sedimentary the rest of their life. I’m on blood thinners for the rest of my life so I have to be particularly conscious of injuries and bleeding, especially when it relates to bike accidents during my triathlons,” he said.
KEYS100 also promotes charitable fundraising for prostate cancer education and free screenings, and for 2012 in support of the work of “The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys”. Individual runners and teams are provided an opportunity to earn a refund of their full race entry fee. The website for the race is www.keys100.com.
If you’re like me, you might be thinking, “How does he do it?
Marty’s perspective: ”Once the race is underway it’s pretty simple…run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, but never ever give up.”
Wow. I don’t know of any better words to live by. Good luck, Marty!
Marty was also recently featured in CRE-sources PERSPECTIVES report. View April’s PERSPECTIVES report by clicking here: PERSPECTIVES – APRIL 2012