Kentucky man runs a 5K in all 120 state counties

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 3:32 PM EDT
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SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - While 58-year-old Duffy Sutton enjoys running, the inspiration behind his love for it hits close to home.

His sons motivated him to start.

“They encouraged me to start running to improve my health and I got to doing it, going to the races and meeting some really good people and enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve been doing it since 2009…so that’s what 12 years now.”

While searching for a new running goal, he was inspired by someone with a similar idea in 2015.

“They were doing a race in every county in Kentucky,” said Sutton. “I thought what a pretty neat idea and I got to the talking to them and they said there were several people… I think 6 or 7 that they knew who had a run a race in every country of different distances.”

He decided he would run a 5K in all 120 of Kentucky’s counties.

“The logistics and the miles and the time and the sacrifice but I mean he’s not doing it just for himself,” said his friend and fellow runner Nelson Weaver. “I mean, everything that he does is to benefit most of the time someone else.”

When Sutton is out and about completing a race, he is usually decked out in creative attire. In October, he’s wearing all pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Cancer is serious and it’s a deadly disease that no one has to deal with but unfortunately there’s some of us that do and I just want to be there to support people,” he said.

He said while he was traveling to each county, Fulton County officials put on a 5K race for him and called it ‘Duff Along the Bluff’.

Sutton completed his last race on October 2nd in Washington County.

His future plans are simple: Keep running.

“I’m going to go back and do some of the races that I really enjoyed again,” said Sutton. “Obviously I’m going to do the local races in town, enjoy the people in Somerset. I’ll probably try to get as many states as I can.”

Sutton is a retired police officer and was born in Frankfort, but moved to Somerset in 1990.

He encourages everyone to get out and be active as he said it can help not only your physical health but mental health.

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