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By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel 

Sitkan beat alcohol and heart attack to run New York marathon

 

December 9, 2021

Jeff Wright, of Sitka, enjoys the moment of finishing the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7.

Jeff Wright's long road to recovery led him from addiction and a heart attack in his 50s to hiking trails around Sitka and competing in the New York City Marathon.

A lifelong Sitkan, Wright, who is 60, said he ran the 26.2 mile race on Nov. 7 to demonstrate that it's possible to recover from a variety of health issues. He hopes his example inspires those recovering from heart attacks or addiction.

"Being in recovery and showing people that you can do it coming back from a heart attack," he said. "I did it in memory of all those people."

He added, "Family members are absolutely torn by being...



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