Alaska man finishes marathons in all 50 states

JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska runner hit a milestone that took him 16 years to reach when he crossed the finish line at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, marathon.The Juneau Empire reports that when Juneau runner John Kern finished the Williams Route 66 Marathon this week, he completed his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.The retired City and Borough of Juneau Capital Transit superintendent ran his first marathon in 2002.Kern continued running, aiming to qualify to race in the Boston Marathon.That goal led him to seek out races in other states, and a few years later he was at the starting line in Boston.Kern’s next goal was to run 10 marathons in 10 different states, sending him a trajectory to racing in all 50 states.___Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.comThe Associated Press read more