Why do you exercise? For Bryan Morseman, he runs for his son. Morseman’s son was born with the most severe form of spina bifida (a condition that occurs when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly). Morseman and his wife take their son to physical therapy multiple times a week in hopes their 9-month old will be able to walk when he grows up..
Running (or winning marathons) isn’t anything new for Morseman. Since 2008, he’s participated in 42 marathons and won 23 of them. What has changed is that now he uses his winnings to pay bills related to his son’s condition and save for his son’s future needs.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the 29-year-old dad recently ran in and won three marathons within eight days. Two of those happened to be back-to-back, a feat rare for those except elite ultramarathoners. “Every time I’m in a race I think of him and how my pain is nothing compared to what he has gone through.”
Eventually Morsemen wants to compete in the Olympics and with a PR of 2:19:57, is only 2 minutes shy of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.