November 23, 2011
Iowa native and current Lee County resident Josh Fix runs through heavy brush during last month’s national North Face Endurance Challenge Ultra Marathon in Atlanta — a 50-mile race which he completed in 7 hours, 57 minutes and 36 seconds, finishing second. Fix, who runs purely for his love of the sport and the competitive challenge of racing, is presented a check for $600 for taking second — the most he’s ever won in any race by more than $500. (Amy Fix/Special to The Herald).
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Most runners tackle 5Ks, or 10Ks, or maybe even dare to take on a half-marathon or marathon. Not Leesburg’s Josh Fix, who — by day — is a mild-mannered, unassuming math teacher at Lee County High School, but by the time the weekend comes, Fix turns into a whole other animal, taking on distances and endurance races few would ever even dream of, like he did last month when he entered the national North Face Endurance Challenge in Atlanta where he — get this — not only ran 50 miles through rough and rugged terrain, but he amazingly finished second.