Valley man has ran marathon in every state and continent

- A man that lives in the valley proved age is just a number, at 65-years-old he runs marathons every chance he gets. He's ran 77 marathons, one in every state and on every continent.

"I think most people are surprised I like to run," said Mark Dangerfield.

Since 2004 he has been on the go, running marathons around the country and the world. He's always liked to run, but he didn't make the decision to run a marathon until his 53rd birthday when he ran 53 laps around the Mesa Community College Track.

"I finished that and then I got adding it up, and I realized hey that's about half a marathon, maybe I should run a marathon," said Dangerfield.

His first marathon was in Salt Lake City, and then he qualified for the Boston Marathon, and then he embarked on an incredible mission.

"Eventually, I decided I'd try to run one in every state and every continent," said Dangerfield.

Since then he's been to all 50 states and seven continents. Running marathons and ultra-marathons. In total, he has run 2,280 miles in races like the Boston Marathon.

"It's lined with spectators, so for all 26 miles you're getting cheered on by people, it's exciting," said Dangerfield.

He also ran the Great Wall Marathon in China with his youngest son Jonny, and he ran in Antarctica.

Mark says even though he loves the competition, it's not about being the fastest runner, it's about having fun.

"As I'm getting older I find that I feel younger when I'm running," said Dangerfield.

And he has advice for anyone looking to run their first marathon.

"Be consistent and persistent, if you start out doing just a little bit at a time, but do it religiously 3-4 times a week, gradually increasing the distance you'll be able to do it," he said.

Mark's last race on his journey was in Kansas City, Missouri and his wife, six children, and 15 grandchildren were all there to cheer him on.

He plans to run in the Phoenix Marathon Saturday and the Boston Marathon in April.


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