Father Pushes Through Pain To Honor Son

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 4, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM UTC
Shaun Evans covered over 44 miles in six hours while pushing his son. Photo:

He won a six-hour race by over nine miles.

Anyone, regardless of the time he or she takes to complete an ultramarathon, is deserving of respect for their accomplishment. But for Shaun Evans, the completion of  the Sweltering Summer Six-Hour on Aug. 17 in Pittsfield, Mass. was especially memorable.

Evans won the race, going 44.42 miles in the allotted six hours, and he did it the hard way: while pushing his 100-pound son Shamus.

Shamus, 7, suffers from cerebral palsy.

“[Shamus] told me before, he said ‘I want to win the race dad,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh I don’t know if I can win the race, but I’ll do the best I can,’” Shaun Evans told

Team Evans completely dusted the competition, with the second-place finisher logging 35 miles (100 laps).

“I almost started tearing up a few times because I was going to make his dream a reality, and that’s all I was thinking as we entered the final laps,” said Evans.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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