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'Don't run,' docs said; marathoner with dwarfism defied them

 


SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Most marathoners take 35,000 steps to reach the finish line. John Young needs 80,000.

The high school math teacher from Canada is part of a rare and spirited breed of athlete: those who've overcome the daunting challenges of dwarfism to conquer the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) distance.

Many endure not just the usual rigors of training but cruel taunts from onlookers — "Hey, check out the midget" — as they put in their miles.

But Young, who lightheartedly refers to himself as an LP ("little person"), has become an inspiration to others with dwarfism — and his accom...



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