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Man Runs 50 Miles on 50th Birthday

June 5, 1990

MARION, Iowa (AP) _ Jerry Sheeley ran 40 miles on his 40th birthday and celebrated his 50th by running 50 miles.

″I know now that I won’t be running 60,″ Sheeley said Monday.

Sheeley was recovering from having covered a distance of almost twice that of a marathon during nearly 13 hours of running on Sunday.

″I guess I just wanted to make one of my last challenges - to run 50 miles,″ Sheeley said. ″It really is a challenge to run those miles.″

He spent the first part of the day running from Marion in south-central Iowa to Troy Mills, where 60 mph winds nearly forced him to stop.

But Sheeley decided to finish the run in town where the winds would be less troublesome.

He said he began running at age 33 primarily for the exercise. Since then he has participated in marathons at New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Sheeley, who said he usually trains between 50 and 60 miles per week, also decided to give himself a belated birthday present following the run.

″I’m taking this week off (from training) for sure,″ he said.

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