Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Putting your body through 17 hours of extreme physical challenge
might not sound like fun to some people, but it definitely appeals
to Corky Houseworth.
The Milan father of two says its a personal challenge
for him and the bonus is it helps him keep in shape for his
job as a police officer. Houseworth is a detective with the
Ripley County Sheriffs Office.
Basically, I train all year long, he noted as he
told The Versailles Republican about his latest endeavor,
participating in the Louisville Ironman.
This inaugural event was a 17-hour endurance race that saw 2
2,140 contestants swimming, biking and running on August 26.
Houseworth set a personal goal of finishing 2.4 miles of swimming
the Ohio River, then riding a bicycle for 112 miles (on steep
hills), and finishing with a marathon (26.2 miles), in 15 hours
or less. He met his goal finishing with an overall time of 14
hours, 45 minutes and 19 seconds.
Participants in the swim portion of the event had 2 hours and
20 minutes to complete it. Houseworth came in at 1:30:59. There
is 10 hours set aside for biking, he came in at 6:56:37 and
he finished the marathon in 5 hours, 45 minutes, and 20 seconds.
He placed 1246 out of 2140.
Houseworth, who participated in an ironman event in Arizona
last year, said this event was particularly challenging due
to the extreme weather. The high humidity made it difficult
to keep hydrated for the endurance of the race, noted
Throughout the year Houseworth has trained by participating
in local races and in the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati
in May. He said his parents, Herb and Lee Houseworth of Aurora,
also played a big part in his training. They would go with him
to the Ohio River. While he practiced his swim techniques, his
mother would practice her strokes for the canoe race in Switzerland
Houseworth noted that his mother and her partner have won that
race for the past three years at the Swiss Wine Festival. Thats
definitely where I get my competitive nature from, he
laughed, saying his mother competes against people much younger
than herself and enjoys every minute of it.
Houseworth also credits his sons, Joey and Jake, along with
wife Angie, for their support. They are great, I couldnt
do it without them, he noted. His wife goes to the events
and is his biggest fan. This year two uncles who live near Louisville,
also came out to cheer him on. The fan support really
means a lot when youre out there, he noted.
The Detective Sergeant noted that he enjoys pushing the physical
limits and believes it keeps him on his toes all
year long. He adheres to a low fat diet, which helps out when
it comes race time. He also trains with Weber Sports of Aurora.
Last weekend Houseworth and Deputy Rob Bradley participated
in the Heroes of Public Safety five mile run in Indianapolis.
This was the fifth year for Houseworth to participate. He noted
that hes trying to bring some fellow police officers along
Whats in his future? Houseworth says hes already
beginning his training for next year and plans to travel to
Panama City, Florida for an ironman event in November of 2008.
While he says time constraints keep him from training as intensely
as he would like, he will continue to get in as much training
time as possible, set a new personal goal, and rise to the challenge.
Det. Sgt. Corky Houseworth shows
the medal he received at the Louisville Ironman competition