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,