He got shot … and still finished!

I think everyone has that one fear about death. Maybe you had a bad dream about drowning or you had a close call with a stranger in an alley at one point in your life but I believe everyone has that one fear of dying their most horrible death. For me, it’s being shot in the head.

I know, I know, not a good blog topic but stick with me. You see when I was a kid I had a dream that I got shot in the head by an intruder and I’ve had the dream on multiple occasions as an adult. Even though, in my dream I realize the pain is not really bad, it’s the fear of it actually happening that scares me. And that’s why bullet man is one of the most amazing people I have ever heard about.

Dennis Rainer was a 26 year old in 1978 and he really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon so he ran the old Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan. About 10 miles into the race he entered a rural area when suddenly he was knocked forward and almost hit the ground. He checked himself out and thought he was fine so he continued on.

Dennis Rainer

This is Dennis at the 2015 Ironman, (yes, he’s an Ironman too!)

Once he finished the race, he grabbed a hotdog and checked him time, 3:09, not a qualifying time. Disappointed but worried about the near fall earlier in the race he did the smart thing and headed off to the doctor. That’s when the doctor figured out what had happened and informed Dennis he’d been shot in the head!

You can watch the video below to hear the entire story.  (You really do want to watch this!)

The worst pain I ever ran through was a migraine. Dennis is the marathon boss in my book.

What’s the worst pain you ever ran through?

5 thoughts on “He got shot … and still finished!

    • I know, I had the same questions. I did find a podcast where he really goes into great detail about the day but they still have no idea who or why he was shot. It’s so crazy!

  1. That 65 yo has terrific arms!

    I don’t have much pain that I’ve run through. I do remember my first half and I think it was mile 10 and I felt like I had no shoes on. I have aches but I don’t call that pain (stunning a toe is pain)

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