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Special Forces and a special runner

Mental toughness, unreal stamina aid record-breaking Green Beret Mike Morton

Updated: December 3, 2013, 2:56 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

It wasn't the heat, the 152-mile course or the difficulty of the terrain that stopped Mike Morton at the famed Greek Spartathlon ultra race in late September. Those factors never had a chance to take their toll, because it was man's best friend who got the best of Morton, something that has rarely happened in any race the past two years.

"There were dogs everywhere," Morton said. "I think it was just bad luck. [A dog] kind of jumped out in front of me. I just jumped over it and landed ...

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