LA CROSSE (WKOW) -- A 47-year-old western Wisconsin woman is now a member of an elite club of runners, after completing marathons in all 50 states.
The La Crosse Tribune reports Sheri Nichols, of Trempealeau, ran her first marathon in Duluth in 2005, and has since completed 53 marathons. The most recent was in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 8.
Numbers from the 50 States Marathon Club web site show 3,344 people in the world have run marathons in all 50 states, including 75 from Wisconsin.
Nichols says the biggest challenge was a high altitude climb up and down Pike's Peak in Colorado that starts at 6,000 feet elevation and soars to 14,000 feet within the first 13 miles. That race had a time limit of 10 hours and Nichols finished in 9:55 after spraining her ankle three miles into the descent.
"Anything can be finished as long as you stick with it," she said. "It may take a while, sometimes you throw up on the way, but you will get to the finish line."
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