Brown ready for 1,000 mile challenge | Local News
A race is not always about the start line and the finish line. There can be many experiences between these two points and Greensburg native Devon Brown will have many new experiences as he takes on the challenge of the TransAm Tri 945.
The event, which kicks off May 25, is a 1,000 mile challenge starting in Florida and ending in Louisiana. Due to some course rerouting, the event dropped from 945 to 1000.
The TransAm Tri 945 begins at Lake Cane in Orlando, Florida. This part of the adventure will be a 16 mile swim. Athletes have 18 hours to complete the swim.
After swimming, the athletes embark on an 805-mile bike ride.
The end of the event will be a 124 mile race. The course begins near Mandaville, Louisiana, and ends at Dauphin Island, Alabama. The course has a mix of tracks and pavement surfaces to challenge athletes in the final stage.
The total distance of this race is over seven ironmans.
Brown, 37, will be the youngest competitor in the peloton.
Brown noted, “it shows it’s never too late to start.”
Brown is also the only runner from Indiana.
Devon’s father, Dennis, will be his crew and will drive the trailer full of gear for the duration of the race.
Brown set a goal of running 10 to 3 hours each day, which would include 100 to 150 miles on bike days and 40 to 60 miles on race days.
In order to keep his body safe from the grueling challenge, Brown will aim to consume over 7,000 calories per day.
This event is a big leap from Brown in terms of distance.
“The longest run I’ve done to date was a 330-mile 3-day triathlon through Florida in the Florida Xtreme Triathlon in 2019,” Brown added. “The best experience with my father who was able to share my race with him while he was in a crew.”
As a result of this race, Brown will have raced in 50 percent of states, five countries and two continents.
Brown’s resume includes 24 hour obstacle courses, 60 hour military style challenges and a 3 day triathlon in addition to Ironman Lake Placid.
“My oldest son, Dominic, has been racing since he was five and my second son, Gabriel, started racing last year at the age of five,” said Brown. “Dom is also cross country (26th overall in the country last season at the USAXC championships) and is on the GCAT swim team. Gabe also fights for Greenfield as a preschooler.
Brown and Dom recently competed in Dom’s first adult triathlon with a 2-person team and the Browns won.
Brown’s family and especially his sons motivate him.
“I train and run because I want to be able to keep up with my boys and be physically able to do whatever adventures they want to try,” Brown added.