Saturday, August 19, 2006

50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days

Imagine running over 26 miles (43kms) every single day for 50 days. Wow! I couldn't believe this when I read it. I can barely run a mile. Now imagine: 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.

Absolutely incredible.

His name is Sam Thompson and he's raising money for Katrina survivors. Check out his site 50 in 50 in 50. I've checked out articles about him and this CNN article repeatedly states that the human body isn't made for this much strain and that Sam is doing irreparable damage. I was disappointed with all the negative in the article and not talking about the positive things that he's doing. Sam has an incredible story:

He was 17 when he hydroplaned on a rain-soaked road in Mississippi and another car slammed into his, leaving him with a shattered leg and pelvis, and a broken jaw and collarbone.

Doctors told the cross-country runner his left leg might heal shorter than his right and he would never run again. They placed a titanium rod in his left leg, stretching from his left knee to his ankle, to help him walk.

One thing though, I couldn't find any article or anywhere on his site that states how much he has raised.

Source: NPR


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