DeSoto County Deputy Proves He's A Real-Life Ironman

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - One local deputy is proving, age is just a number. DeSoto County Sheriff's Deputy John Mayer is a real-life ironman at 50-years-old.  He completed the 2017 Ironman Challenge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sunday.

 

"I love to stay busy. If I'm just sitting around doing nothing then something is wrong,” says Deputy Mayer.

 

Mayer is a lean, mean, fitness machine. The retired U. S. Army Special Forces Green Beret is a DeSoto County motorcycle deputy who takes pride in staying healthy and fit.

 

For the past few months, Mayer has been on a mission. "Sunday, I completed my very first Ironman."

 

Mayer started the Ironman Challenge with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 116-mile bike ride, and finished with 26.2-mile run. He did all of this in 13 hours and 10 minutes.

 

"I don't compete with anybody. I don't try to outdo anybody,” says Deputy Mayer.

 

"He'll go above and beyond to whatever he sets his mind to,” says DeSoto County Sheriff's Office PIO Deputy Alex Coker. Coker calls Mayer an all-around great guy who is an inspiration to all law enforcement officers.

 

"He knows how to build bridges and he also knows how to blow ‘em up. But he's the most humble guy you'll ever meet,” says Deputy Coker.

 

Mayer is still going strong. He's training for next month's swat team competition in Southaven, getting ready to power through his next challenge.


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