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Gearhead Outfitters put runners to the test

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A retail store put several runners to the test Saturday at Craighead Forest Park.

Gearhead Outfitters hosted its fourth annual Endurance Challenge event.

About 160 runners were challenged to run 2.5 miles every 30 minutes for 12 hours, totaling 60 miles.

Ashlyn Cornell with Gearhead Outfitters said the event was not designed to be a race. Instead, it's meant to show runners they can complete more miles than they imagined possible.

“It’s a pretty unique event,” Cornell said. “It’s more of a challenge to see how many miles you can do in a day.”

The business, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, said all the proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit local children in the community.

“It will benefit the Learning Center in Jonesboro this year,” Cornell said.

Kevin Pierce enjoys being active but does not classify himself as an avid runner. He challenged himself to show support to Gearhead and the children at the Learning Center.

“You want to support Gearhead, Ted, and Amanda for all they do for the community,” Pierce said. “So, not only support them but support the Learning Center and promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Many of the runners braved the day and ran the full 60 miles.

Others completed a personal record number of miles, ranging from 2 to 60.

“This event is so cool because there’s such a community feel and everyone is out here having fun and cheering each other on,” Cornell said. “It’s just really cool to see people come out and do many more miles than they ever thought they could. It’s been a great day.”

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