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Northland Steps Up: A 28 mile run to fill one of our nation’s biggest needs

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DULUTH, MN -- No Grandma's Marathon this year.

As we previously reported, the Coronavirus outbreak led to the race's cancellation this year.

But that is not stopping area runners from training and running their own marathons.

That includes Duluth runner Kyle Sather, who ran 28 miles Tuesday morning, for his 28th birthday.

"I decided for my 28th birthday today, I'm going to run 28 miles. It's my double golden birthday. So that's fun," said Sather.

Believe it or not, Sather's plan originally had nothing to do with charity.

"It started out pretty selfish. I just wanted to go out and have fun for a long run on a Tuesday morning," said Sather.

But taking off from the Chester Park neighborhood, he had COVID-19 on his mind, and turned his joy run into something more.

"I just saw a need. I've seen stories and read articles about blood shortages because of the pandemic recently, and figured this is one good way to help," said Sather.

So he took to Facebook, asking friends and family to donate.

Their money, eventually going to The Red Cross.

As of Tuesday night, Sather had raised nearly $1,500.

He vowed to match up to $280 worth of donations.

"I think regardless of who we are, especially these days, I think it's on all of us to to do our part. Mesh our passions and lifestyles and do the most we can out of it," said Sather.

If you'd like to donate, Sather's Venmo handle is below:


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