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Marathon Man Hoping to get Colorado Moving

by AMY MATTHEW | THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

No offense to California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Jerry Dunn is the true Running Man.
Jerry Dunn, 57, plans to run a marathon each of the next 20 days, beginning today, to promote physical fitness among Coloradans.

Dunn, nicknamed “America’s Marathon Man,” is in Colorado to run “a marathon a day” for 20 consecutive days. His trek begins today in Colorado Springs and comes to Pueblo on Saturday.

Jerry Dunn, 57, plans to run a marathon each of the next 20 days, beginning today, to promote physical fitness among Coloradans.
Jerry Dunn, 57, plans to run a marathon each of the next 20 days, beginning today, to promote physical fitness among Coloradans.

A self-described “entrepreneurial adventurer,” Dunn, who lives in Spearfish, S.D., is helping promote the fitness campaign Accelerade Colorado, an effort to motivate the state’s residents to become more physically fit. The campaign has a Web site, www.accelerade- colorado.com, that offers fitness tips and lists of the best places in Colorado to get fit (none of which is in the Pueblo area).

This isn’t the first time in 27 years of running that Dunn has attempted multiple marathons. In 1991, he ran from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., essentially running 26 miles a day for the entire summer, he said. In 1993, he ran a marathon every Saturday and Sunday for the entire year. And in 1996, he ran the Boston Marathon route 26 days in a row to celebrate that event’s 100th anniversary.

His Accelerade Colorado campaign will differ from those ventures; his route will be determined by the locations of a city’s 7-Eleven stores – the exclusive Colorado retailer for Accelerade. Dunn has used that brand of sports drink since it was developed, and he will visit every 7-Eleven store in the cities he visits, mapping out a 26-mile course for each day.

“It’s not like I’m toeing the line and seeing how fast I can run 26 miles,” Dunn said Sunday. “I do stop quite a bit. It usually takes five or six hours to run the distance.”

Unlike some athletes, the energetic 57-year-old said he isn’t particularly strict about what he consumes – other than always drinking Accelerade.

“I don’t have a real regimented diet . . . I burn up whatever I put in there, so I eat whatever I want, pretty much,” he said.

He agreed to do the Colorado promotion because of his commitment to fitness and belief in Accelerade, which adds protein and minerals to the usual sports-drink ingredients.

“I know it’s one of the reasons I can do what I do,” he said.

Dunn will begin his Pueblo run at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven at Elizabeth Street and U.S. 50.

“I encourage everyone to come out and run or walk with me for a while,” he said. “I run at about a 10-minute (per mile) pace. I’m eager to have company.”

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