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The Sioux Falls Marathon draws people from all over the world. Some might come just to run in a different city than their own, while others run to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Chris McClung, from Austin, Texas said, "The marathon is a distance where no matter how prepared for it, you always suffer a little bit.”

For some running 26.2 miles seems daunting. But for 34-year-old Chris McClung and his friend 25-year-old Asia Shah, the only thing that was intimidating for them on Sunday was being in a new city. Between the two Texas natives, they've ran 15 marathons.  
     
"I do it for the personal challenge. For me I like to see how far I can test my limits and what I am capable of," said McClung.

“I've been running for a long time, so this just seemed like the next challenge," said Shah.
 
Before the sun came up, McClung and Shah were warming up and getting ready for what surely is a challenge. But their warm ups before the race are nothing compared to what they do to make sure they are ready for such a run.

"Usually to prepare for a marathon, I'm running anywhere from 60 to 70 miles per week," McClung said.

"We train with a group in Texas,” said Shah. “It's all about being consistent.”

Shah said preparing for a marathon is a lot more than just working out. She said what you eat and drink everyday makes a difference too. And at 6:45 Sunday morning, the two were about to put their training to the test.
   
"Sometimes there’s a point at the beginning of the race where you ask yourself, "Why am I doing this," said McClung.

As the sun was rising, the two passed J&L Harley-Davidson on the north side of Sioux Falls. Then a few miles later, they made their way downtown on Main Street.

"Somewhere between mile 18 and 26, your legs tell you to stop,” McClung said.

But they kept on, making their way through Yankton Trail Park with only two miles left to go.  
 
"When it’s over and you've accomplished either what you set out to do, or even if you didn't meet your goal, you finished and you pushed through," said Shah.

 "Anybody can do this, it’s just having the discipline and commitment to take one step at a time," McClung said.

McClung and Shah said running marathons have taught them lessons they use in their daily lives.

Shah finished in 3:29:19, that’s pace for an eight minute mile.

McClung finished the marathon in 2:59:28.


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