Multiple sclerosis patient finishes record 50th marathon

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Multiple sclerosis patient finishes record 50th marathon

Postby MSUK » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:45 am


Life has taken long-distance runner Patrick Finney down many paths, but few have been so rewarding as the one that led him across the finish line on Sunday at the Bellingham Bay Marathon in Washington state.

It was there that Finney, 48, of the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, achieved a personal milestone and made history.

"I am the first person with multiple sclerosis to complete a marathon in all 50 states," he said triumphantly, in a phone interview with Reuters moments after finishing. "It's been an amazing journey, and I'm on top of the world."

Strong, gusty winds made the race especially difficult, and Finney felt queasy when he finished. But he recovered quickly to celebrate with a group of nearly 30 friends and co-runners from Texas, who accompanied him to Bellingham, Washington, to witness an achievement that would have been unimaginable a few years ago.... Read More - ... ageid/2479
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