Man running 100 marathons in 140 days

In the fight to raise awareness for the treatment of mental

illness, one father is pushing himself to the limit.

Guy Fessenden has pledged to run 100 marathons in 140 days. The

53-year-old from Hartsdale, N.Y., who has a 28-year-old daughter

who suffers from mental illness, is currently training for his

marathon of marathons, which will begin Sept. 19 in Savannah, Ga.,

and conclude in February in Los Angeles.

“I don’t have a skill,” Fessenden told Westchester News Online.

“I don’t play the piano, I don’t sing, I can’t put a ball in a

hoop, but I can run, and I feel very strongly about the need to

draw attention to some of the real sadness and disparities in the

way that we treat people with mental illness.”

Fessenden, who has been a runner for the past 12 years and ran

the New York City Marathon in 1996, says funds raised will be

donated to NARSAD (the National Alliance for Research on

Schizophrenia and Depression) and NAMI (The National Association

for Mental Illness), organizations that research mental illness and

offer support for families dealing with it.

Fessenden is documenting his training, which includes daily runs

of 25 miles or more, and hopes to share his experiences from the

marathons on his website,

Afathersjourney.org.