Runners Go To Crazy Lengths For Decades Long Streaks (Video)

You will be amazed at what these Minnesota runners have battled to keep some of the longest running streaks in the country alive. Watch the video above to hear the wild ways these runners have kept their streaks going.

When Steve DeBoer broke his ankle the doctor put him in a walking boot and advised him to apply only as much weight as he could tolerate.

The doctor didn’t realize who he was dealing with.

“The next day I took off the walking boot, taped up my ankle, and tolerated a one mile run,” DeBoer says.

And his doctor?

“I didn’t tell him,” smiles DeBoer.

Welcome to the world of “streak running” where participants would sooner cut off a limb than end their running streaks – even if that meant hopping a mile on one leg.

The U.S. Running Streak Association oversees a list of more than 500 runners who have registered their streaks. To list a streak, a runner must have run at least a mile for 365 days.

DeBoer, a 60-year-old dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, is currently ranked 3rd in the country with a running streak nearing 44 years.

Jim Pearson, 70, of Marysville, Washington has stretched his streak to more than 45 years, qualifying him for second place.

Jon Sutherland, 64, of West Hills, California owns the nation’s longest active running streak at nearly 46 years.

via USA Today