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Nice day for a (200 km) run

Bert Blackbird rounds the corner into the Glen Lea golf course, after completing a 200-km run from Winnipeg to support the Huntington Society of Canada.

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Bert Blackbird rounds the corner into the Glen Lea golf course, after completing a 200-km run from Winnipeg to support the Huntington Society of Canada.

It took Bert Blackbird a little longer than most people to get from Brandon to Winnipeg.

While most people reckon the 200-kilometre distance at about "two hours," it took Blackbird over a day to make it — a full 26 hours.

But that's understandable. He ran it on Saturday.

Blackbird, an accomplished marathoner and ultra-marathoner, averaged a running speed of about 7.7 km/h (just under 5 mph) for the 26 hours it took him to run from the Winnipeg racetrack to Glen Lea golf course.

It's the longest run ever for the Brandon-born and raised runner. He's previously completed seven full-length marathons (42.2 km) as well as two Canadian Death Races (125 km), the Actif Epica (130 km across Manitoba in the middle of winter) and an Iron Horse Ultra (100 miles, or about 160 km).

This particular run was to raise money for the Huntington Society of Canada, a genetic disease that he says affects friends who have become a second family to him.

Donations can still be made online.

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