Seven marathons, seven countries, seven days

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Amid the bustle at Des Moines airport Thursday this group is waiting to welcome home their hero.

Mark Cooper hugs his wife for the first time in seven days.

He’s fresh off a week-long trip, completing the prestigious world marathon challenge.

Any other person would be exhausted, Mark Cooper said, “I’m quite fine. I can easily go for another run today. It wouldn’t be that difficult.”

He traveled from Antartica to South America, Then Australia, Dubai, Spain, Chile, Ending his last marathon in Miami, Florida.

63 hours in the air traveling, all to run a total of 183 miles in 7 days.

Mark Cooper said, “I tell anybody who wants to try this the crazy thing is to be able to get off a plane, not knowing what time is it, what time zone you’re in and within two hours just get ready to go to your start line and head off and then try to get back on a plane then get ready for the next one.”

The entire time mark raised money for a cause he says affects people of all countries, homelessness.

People all across the country and world pledged donations in honor of Mark.

More than two thousand dollars, all going to the Central Iowa Shelter and Services here in Iowa.

Mark Cooper said, “For me, it’s not a done and done deal. Homelessness does not go away so I like to ensure that we actually raise awareness.”



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