Runner caps 50-state quest

State News

July 5, 2019 - 2:55 PM

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man who recently completed his quest of running marathons in all 50 states before the age of 50 credits a pair of gloves “delivered from the heavens” with getting him through his first one.

Forty-nine-year-old Austin Braithwait, whose final stop was a June 22 race in Duluth, Minnesota, ran his first marathon in Kansas City, Missouri, during an ice storm.

Braithwait, of Lenexa, Kansas, called the experience “miserable,” and he waited eight more years before running another one. But eventually he was hooked, leading UMB Bank’s corporate trust during the week and running marathons on the weekends. Often his wife, Janna, and two children, Janna and Ritter, joined him.

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