Marlins President David Samson Runs 52.4 Miles for Charity

Miami ballclub president running from Pompano to new ballpark

By Julia Bagg
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:04 PM EDT
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Miami Marlins president David Samson is running 52.4 miles in one day for charity.

Miami Marlins president David Samson is running 52.4 miles in one day for charity.

Miami Marlins President David Samson is used to running a ballclub. Running 52.4 miles is another matter entirely.

On Friday, Samson and a small group of other runners took part in a double marathon for charity, which started in Pompano Beach and was ending at the new Marlins ballpark in Little Havana.

"Someone just rode a bike by me and said 'don't worry, only another 48 to go,' so that was depressing," Samson said smiling, as he crossed Fort Lauderdale's 17th Street bridge.

The lengthy run will raise $500,000 for a variety of charities, with different legs supporting different causes.

Further south, Samson caught up with amputee athlete Sarah Reinertsen, who laughed with Samson along mile #15.

"I'm honored to be here," she said, running with a prosthetic left leg.

Samson said he was determined to finish the race, even if it meant collapsing. The run is expected to end around 6:30 p.m.

"I just don't know if in the end I'll be on a gurney, but I'll make it," he said.
 

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