Bullied Kid Grows up and Runs 100 Miles

Mar 5, 2018

Blisters, a swollen ankle, exhaustion, and an impressive amount of chafing cannot stop Jayson Sime, ultra marathon runner and subject of the short documentary How to Run 100 Miles.

On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Sime, who is a motivational speaker and coach. Sime grew up in Iowa, and he experienced poverty and bullying as a kid. Sometimes, he fought back.

"You'd enter the school itself and the last thing you want to do is worry about a bully picking on you," Sime says. "You'd sort of be like a volcano ready to burst just by the time you got to school."

Despite personal and educational challenges, Sime advanced to college, had a career in politics, and is now a motivational speaker and coach. His life experiences have taught him that persistence gets results.

"Big goals are not just going to lay down for you," Sime says.

In the first part of the program, guests talk through anti-bullying programs in two Iowa school districts.  Mae Hingtgen, Learning Support and Equity Liaison with Dubuque Community Schools, and Jake Troja, Director of School Climate Transformation with Des Moines Public Schools, join the program.