What kind of dedication does it take to run at least mile every day for more than 40 years?
KARE11-TV in Minnesota spoke to several runners who have some of the longest active running streaks going—impressively, several of the longest streaks around are runners in Minnesota, which deal with perhaps the harshest winters of anywhere in the United States.
“We like to say that we should get some extra days for having to run in the wintertime here,” Stephen DeBoer of Rochester, Minn., told KARE.
According to the official USA Active Running Streak List, more than 500 runners currently have a streak of at least one year. The leader is Jon Sutherland of West Hills, Calif., who has run at least one mile a day every day since May 26, 1969—nearly 46 years.
Here’s the KARE11 story, which includes impressive anecdotes of the medical crisis that runners had to overcome (or ignore) to keep their streak alive—pregnancy, broken bones, surgeries and more: