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79-year-old US Marine Corps veteran runs cross country for charity

Knoll passed through three Heartland states on Sunday. He's averaging around 30 miles a day. Knoll passed through three Heartland states on Sunday. He's averaging around 30 miles a day.
In 2012, Knoll surpassed his goal of raising $1 million for his favorite causes. In 2012, Knoll surpassed his goal of raising $1 million for his favorite causes.
He should get to Canada by the end of July. He should get to Canada by the end of July.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A 79-year-old long distance runner from Hawaii is making his way through the Heartland Sunday on his way to Canada.

Tom Knoll is a US Marine Corps veteran and original Iron Man competitor. He began the 1,620 mile journey on Memorial Day.

Knoll passed through three Heartland states on Sunday. He's averaging around 30 miles a day.

Knoll's journey is taking him through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota to the Canadian border.

He should get to Canada by the end of July.

He is running to raise money for the Sunshine Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, the Jimmy V Foundation and the Rotary Club of Honolulu to eliminate polio.

In 2012, Knoll surpassed his goal of raising $1 million for his favorite causes.

"I've already gone over the million dollars, so this is just sort of a victory lap," said Knoll. "A lot of its mental. You've gone out and said you are going to do something, you know what you are doing it for and it's an obligation to finish."

Knoll and his team from Alabama were on Route 3 on his way to southeast Missouri.

The Owens family joins him this week as Marty drives the support van, daughter Jessie navigates, and Rob Owen runs along with Knoll.

"I'm a retired marine also we're just happy for the opportunity to come out and support him," said Rob. 

Knoll says this trek will be his last.  He tallies all the miles in his little notebook, about 30 a day.

You can catch up with Tom Knoll and his team on Sunday, June 17 before 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Cape Girardeau.

They plan to travel to Carbondale on Monday June 18.

Call Marty Owen to be part of the team at  (256) 714-7176. 

To learn more visit the Sunshine Foundation's website.

Holly Brantley will have much more on this story tonight on Heartland News.

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