Local takes second competiton

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For 30 years, Curtis Moroney has stayed active.

Now, at 51, all those years of hard work are beginning to shine.

Moroney took home his second Louisiana Warrior Dash title this past Saturday, proving that age is just a number.

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“I was a couple of days older than the other competitors,” Moroney said. “Some of them recognized me and were like, ‘Hey you won this thing last year.’ I kind of tried to hide a little bit.”

But Moroney couldn’t hide once the race started, being one of the front-runners the whole way.

“There was a high school cross country kid who took off and started a hot pace in the beginning,” Moroney said. “A small group of us tried to stick with him and not let him get away.”

After staying on pace, Moroney was able to make his move at a water obstacle.

“I came out of the water first,” he said. “But the first ones (through the trail) catch the spider webs, so I was going through in third for about half the race.”

Moroney said last year he was able to easily pull away from the competition, going most of the way by himself, but this year he was challenged.

“I had someone breathing down my neck,” he said. “I didn’t ever see what he was doing. I just went and hoped that I could break him eventually and I felt a lot better about it when I did.”

Moroney settled into first with about four obstacles to go, when he gained a 15-yard lead after going over a 45-degree wall. He said he eventually won the race by about 30 seconds with a time of 26:12.

“This year was conformation that last year wasn’t a fluke,” he said. “Obviously I’m proud of the accomplishment. Certainly, at 51-years old, it makes me feel good about where I am and that all those other guys are out there are much younger. There is some satisfaction knowing that you beat all the young guys, who looked at you saying ‘I don’t have to worry about that guy.’ And to prove that you’re never too old for anything.”

Moroney said there was four to five thousand participants in the Warrior Dash, most of them just doing it for fun.

Moroney credits his success back to when he was in college and began cycling and also to when his sons ran cross-country.

“I haven’t been running for a long time, but I’ve been riding bicycles for years,” he said. “When my sons started running cross-country and they started doing fun-runs and things like that around town, I started running to help them.”

Despite his age, Moroney said he enjoys the challenge and pushing himself.