Digital Original: AR runner fights the odds, set to run 200th marathon

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One local marathon runner is showing the power of a little faith and a lot of determination; as he is set to complete his 200th marathon; despite doctors saying he would never run again.

Ryan Westin from Maumelle has been running almost all his life; having crossed finish lines in all 50 states.

He ran his first marathon on January 7, 2007 at the Disney Marathon and soon after ran a marathon in all 50 states finishing in Vermont at the Mad Marathon on July 8, 2012.

However, In 2015, he was a passenger in a fatal head-on car crash and was in the ICU, leaving medical staff predicting the worst.

“I was told on my 18th birthday I couldn’t run again and I was like, yeah. Two-hundred marathons – what’s up doc, yeah,” Westin says.

It was while in the trauma unit the hopeful runner made a bucket list to never stop running.

Determined to keep running and stay motivated Westin trained even harder using his love for running as a form of healing and motivation.

Just 2 months after the car crash, Westin ran a marathon and finished his 100th marathon at the Little Rock Marathon in 2016.

Ryan [center] helps guide visually impaired and blind marathon runners.

Westin now gives back to his running community by motivating and helping guide visually impaired and blind marathon runners.

“I have accomplished all my goals so now I focus on helping others reach theirs,” Westin says.

Additionally, he is a pacer for marathons. He paced at the Marine Corps marathon, Oklahoma City, St Jude Memphis, Louisiana, and several other marathons.

On Sunday, Westin will be running his 200th marathon at the Shelby Forest Marathon, in Tennessee.

 Next week, he will be the 4:40 pacer at the Little Rock Marathon.

Click HERE for more information about this years Little Rock Marathon.

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