Last month, an Ely local became the first to win the White Pine County Aquatic Center Health Challenge.
Steve Moore, 53, swam a total of 96 miles at the pool, the width of the county. Originally from Spanish Fork, Utah, Moore considers himself a runner above all. He has run nine marathons in the last four years, with his best finish time at 3 hours, 36 minutes.
“My goal now is to get under 3:30,” Moore said.
Moore works as a GIS specialist doing computer mapping for Ely’s Bureau of Land Management office. His daily regimen includes 6 a.m. runs on the trails around Mt. Ward. Training for an Ogden, Utah, marathon in mid-May, he runs four to eight miles a day during the week.
“If I can, I try to squeeze in a mile at the pool,” Moore said.
For the challenge, Moore started swimming a mile per day.
“But then I realized that was going to take until May,” Moore said. “So I said, alright, let’s go crazy, and I started doing three to six miles a day. Swimming has got me into pretty good shape. It was a really interesting challenge, and on my craziest day I got in 10 miles.”
The challenge lasts until Dec. 31.