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East Windsor Runner Participates in 2020 Hubert's Run for Sanity: Quarantine Edition

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Around the country, hundreds of runners are practicing social distancing while lacing up their shoes to take part in Hubert's 2020 Run for Sanity: Quarantine Edition.

It's a virtual race to get people motivated and active during the COVID19 pandemic.

Jared Buchanan is an ultra-marathon runner who mentions that running is a sweet escape from reality.

"I'm just a dude who likes to run," said Buchanan. "It's the greatest thing in the world especially when you get that runners' high."

This year's race means a lot to the ultra-marathon runner after tragedy hit back in November of last year.

"I got hit by a Chevy Tahoe and I somehow survived," said Buchanan. "My humerus completely snapped in half and I had a concussion."

Physical therapy wasn't easy and Buchanan said he never gave up.

"It was awful but I slowly grind away," said Buchanan. "I kept chipping away and my arm's healed."

5 months later and he's participating in this year's Hubert's Run for Sanity by running a one-mile loop around his East Windsor Neighborhood.

"When there's a will, there's a way," said Buchanan. "I've got the will power and when you really want something bad enough, you find a way to make it happen."

The runner's motivation is his father, a former police officer who died by suicide in 2013.

Jared Buchanan's father in photo and mile tracker.

"The most important part of my run is the picture of my father," said Buchanan. "Usually, I have it on my chest but I decided to keep it by my support/rest stop."

The mindset is allowing Jared to run his own race while remembering his father.

"This has been my way of healing," said Buchanan. "I don't feel alone, I feel like my Dad is with me and I just keep going."

Buchanan is on track to beat the race's record of 115 miles. Buchanan represents Texas Roadhouse during his 100 and 200 mile runs.

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