PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Brad Davis, a former resident of Bladen County, recently competed in the Ironman Florida event at Panama City, Fla., and officially earned the title of Ironman by finishing the event in less than the 17 hours allotted.
The Ironman Florida event, which was held Nov. 2, is a grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run.
“Each stage had to be completed by a certain time,” Davis said. “The race started at 7 a.m. and you had to be done with the swim 9:20 a.m., done with the bike by 5 p.m. and done with the entire event by midnight or you’re not an official finisher.”
Davis completed the entire race in 14 hours, 40 minutes.
“The swim is very intense when you are swimming in the Gulf of Mexico’s rough waters with 2,826 other people …” Davis said. “Once the crowd thinned out a little, it actually became enjoyable — as crazy as that sounds with all the organized chaos around you.
“The biking was windy in parts, but very flat and challenging,” he added. “The run was two 13.1-mile loops full of great crowd support — and there truly is no place like the finish line.”
Davis, a 1992 graduate of East Bladen High and 1996 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the son of Linda Clark of Elizabethtown and Sammie Davis of Dublin.