Indy runner heads to Middle East to compete in international 50K race

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 25, 2015) - 34 year old Jesse Davis won the Indy Monumental Marathon this November, which qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Trials. First though, he’s headed to the Middle East to represent the U.S. in a worldwide race.

“It was just a crazy finish. I was thinking of this Iron Man video I saw of these two ladies just crawling across the finish, racing and that’s exactly what I felt like,” recalls Davis about his finish at November’s Monumental Marathon.

After nearly winning the Indy Monumental Marathon, not once, but twice, “I played basketball when I was a kid but I was never very good at it, but I always wanted to hit the last second shot at the buzzer,” said Davis.

This November, it was his turn. He was first to cross the finish line, “This was like my last second shot, it was awesome,” he said.

Talk about a perfect pace, Davis completed the marathon in two hours and 18 minutes, the exact qualifying time for the U.S. 2016 Olympic trials.

“There really hasn’t been a day where someone hasn’t come by and congratulated me or wanted to talk about the race,” he said.

But before the Monumental Marathon, Davis had already sealed his seat competing for his country in the International Association of Ultra-runners 50-K world championship in Doha, Qatar.

“I made the team, it’s a longer distance but I’m representing my country in a world championship and it’s just like it came so quick it was just like a shock,” he said.

At a time though when the world is volatile and Americans are threatened abroad (the U.S. State Department issuing a world travel advisory this week) Davis is not letting setbacks stop him.

“I’m not going to back down on something that I’ve dreamed about forever because of some bullies. That’s not going to stop me and I don’t think it should stop anybody,” he said.

But for someone seemingly unstoppable, being stopped is hardly a concern, “I mean it’s always been a dream, but dreams don’t always become reality,” he said.

Davis’ race will be December 4th in Doha; his Olympic Trial race will be in Los Angeles this February.