Homeless Running "Hero" Tackles His Biggest Goal: A Full Marathon Homeless Running "Hero" Tackles His Biggest Goal: A Full Marathon
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Homeless Running "Hero" Tackles His Biggest Goal: A Full Marathon

by Lauren F. Friedman

November 24, 2010

When the run begins, Fair dashes off, leading the pack. His years of drug use have ravaged his body, leaving him with high blood pressure, kidney problems and a slew of other health concerns, but he says he always feels good when he is running.

“Even if the doctor tells me not to run, I have to. After all that I’ve been through, I would rather die on my feet than sit on my butt,” Fair says.

When the run is over, he is smiling. “Everyone seems real nervous about the marathon, but I’m not. I can’t wait,” Fair says. “I don’t want to start doubting myself now, or turning back. I’m too close.”

Eric Fair runs the Philadelphia Marathon today.

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Homeless Running "Hero" Tackles His Biggest Goal: A Full Marathon