Brian Zickefoose of Denver, North Carolina, placed 19th out of 1,200 entrants in the JFK 50-mile Ultra Marathon race held Nov. 23 in Maryland.
A number of elite runners from across the United States and seven other countries competed in the race.
The race marked the first time Zickefoose had ever run that distance. He had previously run marathons, but the farthest he had run in training was 31 miles.
Zickefoose is the grandson of Jean Daniel and the late Exel Zickefoose of South Boston. His father, Steve Zickefoose, grew up and attended school in South Boston, and he and his wife, Kim Zickefoose, live in Lincolnton, North Carolina.