Courtesy photo Steve Moore runs toward his first win in the health challenge.

Courtesy photo
Steve Moore runs toward his first win in the health challenge.

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.