For Ron Moore, becoming an ultra-marathoner happened over the years as he evolved from short-distance venues to longer —and much longer—races.
Moore, senior physicist in ProNova Solutions’ research and development division, ran his first marathon in 2005. He didn’t finish, thanks to an injured calf, but was back at it the following year, completing the Chicago Marathon in 2006. He transitioned to trail running, completing his first 50K in 2010 and upping the ante from there. He finished a 70-mile race earlier this year.
“I ran track and cross country through high school and college, and as I started losing speed, I just ran farther,” he says.
Moore is training now for his first 100-mile race, the Pinhoti 100 set in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest. But this time he’s not just running for his own accomplishment. He will be raising money for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, a Provision partner non-profit founded by the noted Olympic ice skater and cancer survivor. The foundation funds world class research and quality care with the goal of improving cancer survivorship.
The reason is personal: A few years ago Moore’s wife, Patty, was diagnosed with renal clear cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer.
Doctors discovered the tumor during a routine MRI, part of a regular screening because of her high risk for breast cancer, which runs in her family, Moore says. The cancer is found most often in men ages 50-70. She was in her 30s.
“The doctor said, ‘This is an old, white guy’s cancer,’” he says. “It was pretty hard because it was so shocking.”