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Richmond marathon runner doesn’t let fall, concussion stop him from running

Posted at 10:06 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 22:06:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- One runner from New Jersey didn’t let his fall at the Richmond marathon break his spirit.

Mark Washburne, 59,  was about 10 yards from crossing the finish line Saturday until he fell, breaking his nose and getting a concussion.

After a few minutes he managed to get up and completed the race in three hours, 40 minutes and 40 seconds.

He was taken to the hospital for an overnight stay.

But staying off his feet would have stopped his 9,450 day running streak, a streak that equates to just over 25 years.

Washburne said the doctors were insistent, no running, but he was too determined.

So an hour after his release, Washburne strapped on his shoes and did a three-mile run across the city.

Washburne said he's been running three miles a day since the marathon. He is planning to run his 12th consecutive Boston marathon in 2016.

Washburne’s finishing time during Saturday’s event qualified him for the 2017 marathon.