Wichita Native aims to run a marathon in all 50 states

Published: Oct. 8, 2017 at 3:10 PM CDT
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If you would have asked Jim Diego what he was up to five years ago, he would not have said running.

"I was never a runner," he said. "I actually detested running around the track at school."

Four years ago, he changed that. He took his passion for travel and added running to the mix.

"It's a matter of just being out there for five minutes and trying again, then increasing the amount of time out there. I don't worry about the distance, it's just being out there and putting one foot in front of the other," Diego said.

85 half marathons and 50 marathons later, he is more of a runner than he ever thought he would be.

So, how does he train for all these races?

"So, that's funny," he said, laughing. "Because I've been doing so many marathons, it's almost as if training for my next marathon is the marathon I'm running currently."

His goal is to complete a marathon in all 50 states. In order to do it, he simply does not rest.

"I ran a full marathon last week in West Virginia and flew back home to New York, did a 10k the next day and I haven't run since. I wouldn't recommend it for everybody at all but it's to the point where I've been doing so much and so much that it's during the week I recover," Diego said.

Crossing this finish line is more than just crossing another marathon off his list. Wichita is his hometown. He checked off state number 38 and completed the Prairie Fire Marathon in just under five hours.

Once he is finished running 26.2 miles in every corner of the country, he plans on going international.