MARATHON EFFORT: Running For Research

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The Million Dollar Marathon makes its way through the metro Tuesday.

Runners with Above and Beyond Cancer started on June 21st in Washington state.

One cancer survivor started his leg of the marathon Tuesday morning around 7:00 in Adel.

Scott Mills has been a runner since he was 12, but Tuesday’s run takes on special significance for him.

“A traditional marathon is 26.2, when I found my lump, I have non Hodgkins lymphoma, I was training for an ultra marathon, which is a hundred mile marathon.  So today, the smallest ultra marathon that you can call an ultra marathon is 50 k, which is 31 miles.  So I’m actually gonna run 31 miles today so it’s actually gonna be a full circle. I started, and now today’s the day I get my 50,” says Mills.

Des Moines oncologist, Dr. Richard Demming ran the first leg of the cross country journey, beginning in Washington state. The marathon ends up in Washington, D.C.

One-hundred and sixteen runners are collecting donations along the way in hopes of raising $1 million for cancer research and programs.