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40 Marathons in 40 Days: Iowan Runs Around Lake Michigan

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Photo Courtesy of Steve Cannon
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Steve Cannon finishes a marathon

Steve Cannon, originally from Mediapolis, became the first person to run all the way around Lake Michigan in 2012. He’s written about the experience in his new book “40 Days.”

When he set out on the run, it was three times longer than any other run he’d begun.

“Setting records isn’t really that difficult if you choose something dumb enough that nobody else would try it,” Cannon laughs.

He ran across the state of Iowa in 2009, and went to visit family in Michigan to decompress. It was while he was visiting that he says “the lake chose him.” During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with Cannon about his journey and his book.

“I was sitting there, and I could not believe how big the lake looked. It just dwarfed Chicago from that view, and I had the thought, I wonder if anyone has ever tried to run around this big sucker, so that’s where it started.”

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa