A 10-Year-Old Ran Fifty 5Ks in Fifty Days to Support His Grandfather Who's Battling Cancer

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October 17, 2018

A 10-year-old kid in San Francisco named Niall McDermott just finished a pretty impressive feat this past Sunday.

His grandfather has been battling lung cancer, and he wanted to do something to support him.  So Niall challenged himself to run FIFTY 5K races in fifty days. 

His parents talked to his doctor about it first, and told Niall he could stop whenever he wanted to.  They figured he'd quit at some point, and didn't think he'd actually do all 50 races but he did.

He ran his first 5K at the end of August, ran his 50th in San Francisco on Sunday, and raised about $4,000 for cancer research in the process.

He says he got the idea after he saw a documentary called "Iron Cowboy", about a guy who did 50 Ironman races in 50 days. 

DAY 50!! - I completed my 50 5ks in 50 Days Challenge this morning at the @redrocketracing #aquathlon!! I ran with my buddy Phinneas, my dad, and the @skydiohq drone. I’m so grateful to my parents @ryanamcdermott and @graysonscout for taking me running for the past 50 consecutive days. Thank you to @ironcowboyjames and @ultramarathon for the inspiration! Thank you to everyone who supported me and to those who donated to the #bonniejaddariolungcancerfoundation - an amazing charity that funds research to fight #lungcancer. Check out my story in the @sfchronicle, and on @kpixtv and @nbcbayarea! #kidrunner #5krun #runningmotivation #sanfrancisco #goldengatebridge #crissyfield #inspiration #inspire #fundraising #beatcancer #beatlungcancer

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