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Chancey Bush
Ultra-athlete Karen Brown trains recently at Reynold’s Landing Park.
Local ultra-athlete Brown races — and dreams — big

Every time Karen Brown watched coverage of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, she was moved to tears. She saw Julie Moss win the silver medal in February 1982, and dreamed of competing herself.

“Watching them, I thought, ‘Oh, they’re professional athletes, and I only run for recreation,’ ” Brown said. “I thought I could never do it.”