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One Mile Walk Turns into 104 Marathons

December 28, 2016

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.

FedEx employee Kyle Atkins running a marathon
FedEx employee Kyle Atkins running a marathon
FedEx employee Kyle Atkins running a marathon
FedEx employee Kyle Atkins running a marathon
FedEx employee Kyle Atkins running a marathon


    Jerry Alvare says:

    Your a true inspiration Kyle. This is and will always be an amazing story.

    Dennis Shirokov says:

    Wonderful job Kyle! Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment. You are giving an inspiration to people w healthy NY resolutions.

    Sherry says:

    Good for you, Kyle!

    Sherri Cureton says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment.

    Michelle Romero says:

    Congrats Kyle! I am on my own journey to health (I know it’s not easy) and it is so inspiring to see someone make it so far in their journey! You are an amazing person! Thank you for sharing your accomplishments you have so much to be proud of!

    Candace Martin says:

    This is an awesome story!!!

    Candace Martin says:

    This is an amazing story!!! Very inspirational.

    Glyn says:

    I can relate to how you feel. I have not done 100 marathons, but since I have been with FedEx, I have completed 51 Half Marathons, 3 full Marathons.

    Carol Eskridge says:

    Wonderful achievement Tim! I’ve slowly gained a lot of weight and just need to get on that path and over the hump so can feel good about everything again!! Great story – you took it to the next level for sure!

    Michele Elcox says:

    Truly amazing…….you give others hope that they can do this also.

    Teressa Brenneman says:

    Wonderful story.. very inspirational.

    Pamela Bernbaum says:

    How cool! I used to run..or ‘slog’ (jog very, very slowly) 🙂 – you’ve inspired me to try to start back! What a great accomplishment!

    Pamela Bernbaum says:

    How cool! I used to run..or ‘slog’ (jog very, very slowly) 🙂 – you’ve inspired me to try to start back! What a great accomplishment!

    Rickey Albert says:

    Kyle, your story has inspired another person. Thanks for the inspiration.

    JJ says:

    Great story. Way to go Kyle. I’m going to start writing down my goals in 2017. I think that is one of the basic keys to accomplishing your dreams.

    Peg says:

    Isn’t it amazing to find the strength to do something you love..and then live it..!thanks for sharing your story Kyle

    Khalid Layne says:

    Truly inspiring. It is proof positive that we can do anything that we put our minds too.

    Teresa says:

    What an incredible accomplishment! You are an inspiration to all. Great job. 🙂

    CJ says:

    Way to go and what a fun way to accomplish so much! Stay healthy!

    MariangelaCC says:

    AWESOME story and for me, a runner, a great inspiration to begin 2017. I’m looking for my first marathon in the near future.
    thanks for sharing your story!
    And may 2017 be filled more miles

    Liseth Martinez says:

    Wowwww!!!That’s awesome,..

    donna larson says:

    great job.i know I tried losing weigh.went to jim couldn’t lose a soccer field by my home and I started in running.just like you didn’t make it far.then I got up to walking 3 miles made me feel so much better and not so tried .Keep up the good work Kyle..i know you feel better body wise

    Jugal Gogoi says:

    Really a great inspiration !!

    Chris Burnham says:

    Just an awesome story and journey!Thank you for sharing

    kanchan vishwakarma says:

    making peas of mind ,freshness ,growing future !great story!

    Carla Sturm says:

    Wow what a fantastic journey. I am a runner as well and this is truly inspirational!

    Marianne says:

    Truly an inspirational story for others who may be thinking about changing their lifestyles and need a little push. If you ever participate in the First Energy Akron Marathon, let me know and I’ll be there to cheer you on with my peers as Custom Critical is one of the corporate sponsors.

    Carrie Ann Peterbaugh says:

    What an incredible accomplishment! I don’t know who impressed me more…you or your parents.You’re lucky to have that kind of support:) Thanks for sharing your story, it’s so inspirational and motivating to many of us out here. Baby steps and don’t give up…that’s all it takes!

    Donald says:

    Thanks for Sharing your story. You are truly an inspiration. You’ve shown that by taking baby steps that the result can be many marathons.

    Steven M Hastings says:

    BZ Kyle! — What an ongoing journey…. 20th Anniversary this year for the “Original” RNR Marathon in San Diego! Looks like you wear the “minimalist” shoes based on the lead photo…. Best in running to you, Steve Hastings, SANA Station.

    Delaine says:

    Great for you, and all the lives you’ve touched along the way! Keep running, and keep sharing the inspiration.

    Heather says:

    WOW! So very cool.

    Gob Anya D. says:

    Awesomw, Kyle. You inspire, at least me…

    Patrice says:

    Happy New Year Kyle! You rock and I wish you many more miles to come. Thanks for sharing your journey

    Anderson Chung says:

    This is an awesome and amazing story.

    Mohiuddin Ahmed says:

    I am truly inspired. I am also a long distance runner with few at our station YKZA. Will be proud to see you around and run together one day.

    Tim Horton-Mastin says:

    Congratulations on this incredible story Klye. I can relate to this having started running late as well. I am curious to nkow what shoes you are running in?

    Leonardo Grolla says:

    Well done Kyle! Congratulations!

    Pam Rumble says:

    What an inspiring story! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

    John says:

    Needed this today…

    How long did it take to hit all 50 states and how does one join that 50 States Marathon Club?

    Charlie Marrero says:

    Kyle this is amazing. You must be feeling pretty good about all this by now. Jog on !

    Donna Turner says:

    What an awesome story! It inspires me to try again as I’ve received a negative report from my medical exam 2wks ago. Reading your story brings tears to my EYES! It also encourages me to know it’s possible to get up, do the work, and things will get better!! One step at a time! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    Sandra Fronzaglia says:

    Truly an inspiration !!!

    Barbara Ebner says:

    Congratulations Kyle! You are a true inspiration. Best wishes and Happy New Year!

    Kourtney Koosman says:

    You GO KYLE!

    Sayantan Choudhury says:

    Thank you Kyle! You truly are an inspiration.

    Denise Moody says:

    This inspirational story will get my New Year off on a good start, Tks.

    Jen Hughes says:

    Amazing accomplishment! Life begins when you start living.

    Mechele says:

    You are an inspiration to many, keep up the great work you are doing.

    Diana Licursi says:

    Congratulations Kyle, you are definitely an inspiration to many people, God bless and keep it up. You sure gave me a boost just reading about it. Thank you for that.

    jono perea says:

    Great job man!I ran a 18 mile Journey to LaLa land january 1st!31 mile ultra Hilo to Volcano the next weekend and did Maui Ocean front Marathon this weekend!Starting out January with a Bang!President of Lavapeople Running Club Kona Hawaii

    Hector Guzman says:

    Congratulations, i have started myself to run since late 2016 and keep pushing myself, this kind of stories only makes me go harder, thank you

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