Monday, December 19, 2005

Ohio man runs a marathon in all 50 states in 2005

Third Wave Dave sent this my way. This AP article discusses the accomplishments of Craig Holcomb of Streetsboro, OH, formerly chief financial officer at a company called Little Tikes. Holcomb quit his job, sold his home and ran 48 marathons, plus two ultra-marathons, in each of the 50 states.

All in one year.

Curiously, the AP article left out Holcomb's marital status.

Craig has a website that documented his achievement. I noticed in addition to running two ultramarathons, he actually ran three. Craig ran in Chicago's starcrossed and presumably now defunct Lakeshore Marathon: That Memorial Day race inadvertently--but stupidly--added an extra mile to the official marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

I ran two marathons in 2005, one of those, the excellent Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon, was one that Holcomb also ran.

Interestingly, there is a club, perhaps support group is more accurate, of runners who've run 50 marathons in 50 states. Craig is believed to be the first person who's achieved the 50 marathons in 50 states distinction in one calendar year.

A friend of mine finished his "50 marathon in 50 states" a couple of years back. I asked him upon completion if there was a "typical" 50-stater. He replied that for the most part, "the typical runner who does this is a retired person living in an RV and running 6 hour marathons."

Craig smashes that stereotype, he's just 38, and he won two of the marathons he entered: a race in South Dakota and one in Kentucky.

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