To accomplish anything of significance, you first have to not quit.
In 2010, I qualified and competed in [arguably] the most difficult and competitive ultramarathon in the world: the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece. But my race ended less than halfway resulting from some medical complications that at least partly resulted from poor preparation. In 2014, I returned stronger, smarter, and completed the course laid out by Pheidippides over 2500 years ago between Athens and Sparta. I learned some incredibly valuable lessons along the way about courage, perseverance, and the nature of human endurance.
In 2015, I joined 11 runners, on a physical and intellectual journey as the Research Director and participant in the 3100 mile Race Across USA. I dove in for the adventure, and what transpired only reaffirmed my commitment to a life of personal challenges and growth. Colleagues from Harvard, University of Washington, Hunter College, Grand Valley State University, Purdue, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Children Hospital all jumped on board and it was an incredible success, both personally and professionally. My research assistants and colleagues gathered data on biomechanics, cardiovascular health, metabolism, nutrition, gastrointestinal microbiota, and psychology as the other runners and I completed a marathon a day, 6 days a week, for over 4 months. And that data continues to bear fruit with a number of scientific manuscripts!
Bryce also has went down in history as the frist American to row across the Alantic Ocean. He completed the tremendous feat in only 38 days, 6 hours, and 49 minutes. Which also names him the new record holder for this challenge. The course starts in Newfoundland, Canada and finishes in the Isle of Scilly, England. To top it all off, he was SOLO on this historical quest.
COMMUNITY BOOK READ
The Niswonger Community Book Read features two suggested books that will be perfect companion reads to the message delivered by Bryce Carlson on March 8.
Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.
All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.
Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or [email protected].
Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or [email protected].
Electronic Devices & Camera Policy
Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.
There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.