Imagine walking 26.2 miles with over 70 pounds on you back the entire way.
That's exactly what 28-year-old Nick Nelson of Conway did Sunday in the ninth annual Little Rock Marathon.
Nelson is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Army now serving in the 39th infantry brigade of the Arkansas National Guard, stationed at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.
Nelson participated in uniform, helmet included, carrying full Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) gear on his back. He did so for two reasons, one, for the training; and, two, for the opportunity to promote the United States Army. When asked about the reaction he received along the course, he said he was "fascinated" and "couldn't believe it."
Nelson completed the race in 8:36:47.
Photo Courtesy: LR Marathon Media