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Sioux Falls Marathon attracts runners of all ages

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2,000 runners ran a marathon in Sioux Falls today, including Don Wright, 71.

He's running a marathon in each of the 50 states.

He's a cancer survivor and since his diagnosis 9 years ago, he's run 66 marathons since being told he had a rare form of blood cancer.

He's run over 1,500 miles, but he says his biggest complaint in this more than 26 mile race is runner's knee.

"It's a goal that keeps me going and it's important to me and it's my way of sticking that cancer right in the eye," Wright said.

Wright is planning to run in Hawaii in December.

He's also running in Alaska and New Mexico.

He has a blood cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow and can damage bones.

It cannot be cured but luckily he can avoid chemo by taking medication and he's able to train for these marathons.

The Sioux Falls marathon takes dozens and dozens of volunteers to make this marathon happen.

Some runners who took part in the race today came from all over the United States and around the country.

Volunteers tell us they met runners from New York and even Sweden.

"When you can get people from all over the U.S. and other countries it's definitely going to help and Sioux Falls is a prosperous city.  It has shown that with the promotion they have been doing," Dave Tuch said.

Along with the marathon and half marathon today, there was also the Miracle 5k which raises money for the Children's Miracle Network at Sanford Children's Hospital.

The money raised will help sick kids in our area.

Some streets were closed in Sioux Falls because of this marathon.

Downtown street like Phillips Avenue, along with parts of Western Avenue.

Even the on and off ramps of Interstate 229.

All the closed streets have been reopened.

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