- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 29, 2004

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Jay Johnson is about to run himself into the record books.

If he competes in next month’s 26.2-mile Portland Marathon in Oregon, he will have completed a 10-year goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.

Mr. Johnson, 44, has overcome aches, pains and sickness to approach the rare feat.

“My body’s been able to withstand it. The running gods have been on my side,” Mr. Johnson said.

If Mr. Johnson makes it, he’ll join a list of at least 167 others to have run a marathon in 50 states. That’s according to the 50 States Marathon Club, which tries to chart such accomplishments.

“Not many people in the world can run a marathon, much less run a marathon in every state in the country,” said Bob Kovelle, 51, treasurer of the St. Cloud River Runners Club. “It’s an incredible achievement.”

With the 50-state goal in reach, what’s next? Running a marathon on each continent, of course.

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