KELLOGG, Idaho -- Take a look at the running shoes you see below this sentence.
Pretty beat up, right?
Now what if we told you that those shoes are barely a week old, and only look like that because an Idaho veteran named Dolph Hoch completed a 703-mile triathlon over the next five days.
We will give you a moment to comprehend that.
If you have watched KREM 2 News before, you are probably familiar with Ironman triathlons and just how crazy they can be. Now imagine doing that 140.3 mile race one day. Then another one the next day.
Then another one the third day.
How about one more on the fourth day?
Then top it off with another -- making it five Ironman triathlons in five days.
Day one is complete for Hoch. "The swim was hard, I had a migraine headache. Threw up a couple times," he said.
After a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and then a full marathon, you would think he is tired.
"It gets pretty intense when you get done you're like, 'I have 4 more. And the clock is running," he said.
The 52-year-old U.S. Marine veteran from Kellogg just completed what is called the Virginia Quintuple Anvil Triathlon. The race is put on by USA Ultra Triathlon.
It is technically different from the Ironman brand, but the distance is the same.
"You have to perform each day. You're racing each day. So you're doing an Ironman each and every day," he said, "and you have to be on the starting line at 7:00 a.m. to keep on doing it over and over."
After a grueling day of racing, Hoch said he was sleeping just four hours each night.
The next day, it was time for another Ironman.
"You have to fight through a lot of demons to accomplish this goal. It doesn't come easy," he said.
A total of 703 miles. Hoch's shoes are basically toast.
"My toenails are gone, my feet are swollen," he said.
Hoch was racing against 17 other athletes from 10 different countries and ended up taking first place. The vet has come a long way from completing his first Ironman race back in 1999.
Who would have known that 17 years later, he would have become arguable one of the toughest triathletes in the world.
"The emotions of completing a task like this are very intense," he said.
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