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Missouri Man Who Ran 100 Miles for Alzheimer's Awareness Accomplishes What He Set Out to Do

Marty Seaton

Last week KSMU told a story about a Missouri man who was training for a 100-mile endurance run to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.  Marty Seaton’s father, Mark Seaton of Highlandville, was diagnosed four years ago with early-onset Alzheimer’s. 

Marty Seaton had 32 hours to complete the run over the weekend in the Mark Twain National Forest.  The 37-year-old attorney finished in 31 hours and two minutes with his dad and other family members by his side for the final stretch.

The run, over rocky trails, involved 15 water crossings.  Seaton said the only health issues he experienced were painful blisters on his feet, but he’s recovering from those. 

"My dad was very happy.  He did send me a message yesterday saying, 'I don't like to see you in this much pain.  You didn't have to do this,' and I said, 'it's worth every second.'"

75 people had signed up for the run, according to Seaton, and only 39 finished.  If he wasn’t running for his dad, he said it would have been difficult to push on.

At last check, Seaton had raised more than $42,000.  Seaton continues to take donations.  To help out, click here.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.
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