Hundreds Run for the Wausau 5K Marathon

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Believe it or not, David Knapp is running 50 marathons across the U.S. before the end of 2014. And it's all for his mother who lost her battle with Alzheimer's in 2001.

"Since I'm turning 50 this year, I decided I wanted to run 50 marathons to celebrate. But I wanted to do something that made a difference," said Knapp, "So I decided to raise funds for the Alzheimer's association."

Knapp is no stranger to marathons. When he first started his goal in January, he'd already ran 52 miles, making this number 87 in total. Meaning Knapp is already more than half way done. He said with this being race number 35 on his list, he's right on schedule for his goal of 50 by the end of this year.

Knapp plans to finish on November 30th in Cocoa Beach, FL where his father lives. His dad will meet him at the finish line, to share that special moment together.

And if you're wondering how the race went, Knapp said it wasn't bad at all, "The humidity was really tough. I had to stay really hydrated, and it certainly, over the last few miles, took its toll...(But) I was pacing my wife to under five hours and we came in around 4:55."

Knapp's next stop will take him to Roswell, NM for a double marathon next week. His goal is to raise $50,000 by November, and so far, Knapp said, he's already raised close to $19,000.

Of course everyone has their own reason for running a marathon, and Mallory Eichhorn set a goal to run with her boyfriend shortly after she had a major surgery.

"I did tear my ACL back in October, and I had surgery at the end of November," said Eichhorn, "So it was a goal of mine at some point to run a marathon. And I thought, how cool would it be to run it within a year from when I tore my ACL. That's a pretty big accomplishment."

Eichhorn ran the full 5K, while her boyfriend, Cody Sheehy, chose the half marathon. "She was looking for a good marathon, and said, 'Hey I wanna go to the Wausau one'," said Sheehy, "So I said well I'll run the half. I mean, I don't have enough gas in the take for a marathon, but I'll gladly go up with you."

Sheehy met Eichhorn at the end of the finish line with a bouquet of her favorite flowers. The two say they plan to run another marathon in the near future.

And if you're intersted in running in next year's race, you can register by visiting www.active.com


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