Thursday, July 06, 2006

Did you hear the one about...

(Finishing the Leadville race)
...the guy who has pledged to run 50 marathons in 50 days?
Samuel Thompson, 25, of Mississippi, is running to raise awareness of the Gulf Coast's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Thompson started his epic run at a marathon in Leadville on July 1, followed by races in Casper, Wyo., Bozeman, Mont., Sauvie Island., Ore., and Salt Lake City.
Tomorrow, he's in Reno, Nev., and plans to wrap up Aug. 19 in Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he has been doing volunteer work at a Katrina recovery center. If a state doesn't have a planned marathon, Thompson will do a marathon-length run there anyway. He has a good chance of reaching his goal. He has run 40 marathons since he was 18, and two years ago, he ran the length of the Appalachian Trail.
Check out his blog at

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