Lincoln man begins running marathons after father's death

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When you see Brian Harrifeld running, it's easy to tell he's a long-distance runner. In fact, he's ran in the Boston Marathon every year since 2006. But his love for marathons was not always the case. He sports a shirt when he runs that reads, "Picked Last in Gym Class in 1970."

"I actually celebrate it now that I was picked last in gym class in 1970," said Harrifeld.

The 59-year-old started slow but quickly ramped up the running to marathon material.

"Casual thing, doing a couple of miles at a time and that continued for about a year but then I got a little more curious to what's around the bend so I started running on the MoPac trail adding a few miles and the,n even though I was still fairly low millage runner, I just got it into my head that I should run a marathon," said Harrifeld.

Harrifeld's father passed away from lung cancer and that sparked Herrifeld to start running.

"My father's death led to something really spectacular, I would of never have expected and it's been a gift. I'm turning 60 in a couple of weeks. He's always with me when I run. It's been spectacular, it's a gift that he gave to me, that's what it feels like."

Harrifeld is set to compete at the Cornhusker State Games this July.