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Believe it or not, there are excellent reasons to run long distances besides trying to live out everybody's dream of actually becoming Forrest Gump.
A prime example of this is the Run for Retina Research, one of nine runs put on each year by London's Running Room. The run is set for Apr. 14, with the goal of raising money to develop treatment to prevent retina dysfunction.
The Running Room's Barry Smith, who is co-organizing the event with colleague Kim Sprier, said there has already been a great amount of interest, as many Londoners have their laces tied and are ready to go.
"The response has been really, really good so far. I think this is going to be bigger than we originally thought," Smith said.
Participants will depart from the John Labatt Pavilion in Harris Park. How far they go from there is really up to the runners, as there are five and 10 kilometre distance routes mapped out.
For those that are sufficiently motivated, there is also a 21 km half-marathon route offered.
At the other end of the spectrum, there is a Teddy Bear run for those youngsters who want to get involved at a much more manageable 500 metres in length.
Smith said that all the hard work and planning being put into this event, as well as all the proceeds from it are going to the same cause. "We do nine [runs] a year and every one is for charity. All the time we put in and all the money we make is for charity," he said.