Wyo. National Guard soldier finishes 100 mile ultramarathon

May 2, 2017

First Lt. Ethan Valiquette poses with his Finisher’s Belt Buckle following his 34 hour and 36 minute run at the Salt Flats 100 Miler ultramarathon in his home state of Utah April 28. The 23-year-old is a platoon leader with the Wyoming Army National Guard’s C Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment during drill weekends, and serves at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center as a full-time range control administrative officer. (Courtesy photo)
First Lt. Ethan Valiquette was able to knock an item off his bucket list last weekend when he finished the Salt Flats 100 Miler ultramarathon in his home state of Utah.

The 23-year-old is a platoon leader with the Wyoming Army National Guard’s C Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment during drill weekends, and serves at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center as a full-time range control administrative officer.

One might think the seven-hour drive home from Guernsey to Layton, Utah, each weekend would make a guy want to stay on the couch for his few hours at home, but the recent attendee of Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, had other plans starting at 7 a.m. April 27.

For the next 34 hours and 36 minutes, he ran to accomplish a goal.

“I’ve run five or six ultramarathons of over 50 miles, but it’s always been a goal to run a hundred miler,” Valiquette said. “I didn’t do any special preparation. I just signed up and did it.”

He said he was “pretty tired” after the race, with 40 other runners, but was “feeling pretty good today,” back at his desk at the training site’s operations center Monday morning.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration for an upcoming fitness test, or simply want to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sport Month, follow a lieutenant who is leading from the front.

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