YAKIMA, Wash. -- One Davis High School teacher encourages students to go the extra mile, and as it turns out, he is a living example of what it means to go the distance.
Mr. Klarich teaches science but he is also a master at covering distance. When we caught up with him, he was demonstrating some of the explosive power of hydrogen. But on this day and every day for the previous 1,300, Klarich has been running.
He says, "It's just another day, another run."
And with that approach, Klarich has done 70 times what many dream of doing once. He has run 70 marathons all over the country, with medals from every race.
He says, "I've finished every marathon that I've started."
Each marathon equals at least 26.2 miles. But Klarich has done more than that. Four times he has run over 100 miles in one day. That is about the distance from Yakima to Wenatchee.
Klarich says, "It's for my fitness, I want to stay healthy."
And Klarich's quest continues, he hopes to have run 100 marathons by next spring.
Klarich's student Orlando Chavez says, "A man at his age, doing what he does, it is amazing!"
45- year-old Klarich says he will stop running marathons when he stops breathing. He says everyone has a marathon in them, they just have to go out and do it.