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Heart Attack Survivor Finishes 10K Seven Weeks After Starting It

He's hoping his story encourages more people to learn CPR.

Seven weeks ago, 60-year-old Bill Hughes was participating in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, Virginia when he suffered a heart attack halfway through and went into cardiac arrest.

Thanks largely to immediate CPR administered by his daughter, and later by medical professionals, Hughes survived. But he wasn’t ready to give himself a DNF for the 10K.

“When I start to do something I want to finish it and I just felt bad that I hadn’t finished,” Hughes told WRIC-TV.

On Sunday, 50 days after the race, Hughes went back out and finished the course. He hopes his story can help raise awareness to the importance of learning CPR.

Here’s a video report from ABC News: