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By Dan Rudy 

Local runner completes seven back-to-back marathons


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Wrangell runner Dale McMurren displays the medals he earned last month during a week-long string of marathons set in seven states.

At 26.2 miles, running a marathon can hardly be called an easy feat – as the story goes, the runner of the very first, Pheidippides, supposedly dropped dead from exhaustion after completing his marathon over 2,500 years ago.

Running seven of them in as many days, and in as many states, can be considered a real challenge. Local runner Dale McMurren recently completed such a feat last month, after participating in the Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series circuit.

"I had no idea if I could do it," he explained in an interview afterward. Taking up running only in the past decade or so, McMurre...

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