Updated June 2, 2012, 9:17 p.m.
By DAVID BORAKS
As a crowd cheered at 6 p.m. Friday, Jeff McGonnell pressed the button on his wrist chronometer and set off on a jog around the Davidson Village Green – a jog scheduled to last 24 hours. The long run was a fund-raiser for a cause the Davidson ultra-marathoner has been supporting for the past few years: research on Batten disease, a rare, fatal brain disease that affects children.
Twenty-four hours later, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Mr. McGonnell finally stopped, after running 89 miles and helping raise more than $5,500. Dozens of fellow runners and supporters gathered round the steps front of the Davidson Public Library and applauded for at least five minutes. The local band Sunday Union then led the crowd in a tear-filled rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Read the full story