Two area men are known for their streaking. But don’t worry, it’s the kind one can be proud of.
What started out as a self-described innocent jog decades ago, has turned into a passion for Chuck Robb.
As of December 30, the Chief Financial Officer from Lee’s Summit has ran at least one mile every day for twenty years straight.
The streak has landed him among the best in the country, listed currently in 102nd place on the Official USA Active Running Streak List.
With 598 runners on the list, it’s taken Robb 7305 days and countless miles since 12/31/1995 to gain his current ranking.
“Maybe because it's not a real fast past or a long distance, maybe that's what contributed to having the streak go so long,” said Robb, who says the streak has only been challenged by finding time to run on vacations.
Robb runs three miles a day and currently has the 3rd longest streak in Missouri.
What’s incredible is that there’s another runner just down the road who’s also on the list and approaching a major milestone himself.
Gary Scott is a retired teacher who didn’t start running until he was 56.
January 19 will mark a streak of ten years for the Olathe native.
"The biggest handicap people have in their life at reaching their goals is themselves,” said Scott, who also coached high school sports and taught for the Shawnee Mission School District.
Although he’s now in his mid 60s, Scott still competes in marathons and runs outside every day, regardless of the conditions, giving him the current longest running streak of all of Kansas.
"I get to run in snow and rain and sun. People in Arizona and Florida...it's same ol’ same ol,’" said Scott.
Both Robb and Scott say the runs are a great stress reliever and they hope to continue their streaks.
“I'd like to go twenty more years. Forty years would be a good number,” said Robb.
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