Marathoner To Make A Run At Own Record
by Gary Graves – USA TODAY
It’s safe to assume nobody will break Jerry Dunn’s un-official world record of running 104 marathons in 1993, but he wants to raise the bar just in case someone is considering a challenge.
By the time the Spearfish, S.D., resident competes in Sunday’s San Diego Marathon, he will have run the
26-mile, 385-yard distance 15 times this year. Dunn has resolved to run the distance 200 times in 2000; skeptics
are welcome to watch.
“It’s a personal challenge I’ve taken on and people will have to take my word for it,” said Dunn, 53, who plans to promote fitness along the way. “I’ve established this goal for myself because I can do it”
Officially, Dunn will run one sanctioned marathon each month, including the Boston and New York City’ events. But he will arrive at each venue on the first of each month and run the course daily until race day. Dunn, a long-distance runner for 23 years, says he ran the original New York City Marathon course through Central Park 29 times in 1998 and the Boston layout 26 times in ’96. Such a regimen exacts a physical toll, but Dunn is able to return each dawn thanks to rest and Endurox R4, a dietary supplement he says helps his body recover quickly between runs. Mostly, he’s carried by his own drive. Despite being shunned by The Guinness Book of Records, Dunn closed 1993 with 104 marathons when he set out to run 93. And while no one has dared to challenge the mark, Dunn still felt driven enough to put it out of reach.
And, he has company. “I wasn’t that happy about it, but I’m not surprised,”said Dunn’s wife of five years, Elaine Doll-Dunn, 62. “But I guess it’s rubbed off. I’m going to try and break the women’s record (of 52) by running 62. Are we made for each other? I’m afraid so.”
Her husband is just out to show anything’s possible. “I will challenge people to do one marathon in their lifetime. No matter who you are or what you do, you can make the lifestyle change. And nobody can take it away from you.”