One Mile Walk Turns into 104 Marathons
What started as an attempt to lose weight and get in shape transformed into a quest to run a marathon in all 50 U.S. states. In six years, Kyle Atkins has completed more than 100 marathons and lost more than 100 pounds.
The journey began in 2009 as Kyle approached his 30th birthday. By that time, his health had reached a breaking point.
“I won’t sugar coat it: I was almost 300 lbs., and I’m not very tall,” said Kyle, a Customer Pickup Coordinator with FedEx Ground. “I was pretty athletic in high school. Stuff just kind of crept up on me.”
Kyle remembers the day he decided to get back on the right track. He drove to a park near his apartment and started to run around a path that snaked around the playgrounds and ball fields. He didn’t make it far.
“I fell over after about a quarter of a mile,” Kyle remembers. “I walked the rest of the way. The next time I tried to run a little bit farther and gradually build my way up.”
Kyle kept training until he was able to run a 5K. Then a crazy idea popped into his head.
Watch Kyle’s video to find out how he became the marathon man.