A chemical engineer from Germany concocted a formula for a memorable day at the Marathon to Marathon on Saturday, as he completed a quest to run a marathon in all 50 states with his participation in the northwest Iowa event.
Edwin Roth, a 49-year-old resident of Koeln, Germany, has run in marathons from Alaska to Florida for the past decade in an attempt to run in every state before reaching the age of 50 this September, and said he was overjoyed at being able to accomplish the feat.
"I have been pushing it over the past couple of years because I wanted to get it done before I turned 50," Roth said. "I am very happy that I was able to make it in time."
Roth began his attempt to compete in marathons in all 50 states 10 years ago, when he ran the New York City Marathon while living and working on the East Coast of the United States.
He wanted to discover more of the country, and engage his passion for running at the same time. "After I had run in a number of states I thought it would be fun to try to run in all 50 states, so that is what I have been trying to do ever since."
A chemical engineer for the world-renowned firm Bayer, Roth's accomplishments are stunning, including one stretch of four 26.2-mile marathons run in a span of two weeks.