Ron Marfori Breaks the Three Hour Barrier in Grandma’s Marathon

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Ron Marfori

M 38 St Paul MN 181 / 6439 164 / 3507 18 / 491



While the rest of us were on Madeline Island on Saturday, Ron Marfori left his skates at home and ran from Two Harbors to Duluth in Grandma’s Marathon.  Ron broke the three hour barrier in his first running marathon with a time of 2:57:08.  Congratulations Ron.

Message From Ron Marfori:

For the past 12 weeks I was quietly training to run my very first marathon as a way to raise funds in support of the M.S Society. As some of you know, Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that impacts me personally as my mother was diagnosed with it many years ago. During my training, there were many days I would wake up at 4am to squeeze in a run before my family awoke. I ran through heat, cold, rain, sleet, and maybe the worst of it all…treadmill miles! I ran through blisters on top of blisters, aches and pains in every part of my body and even ran until my toenails fell off!

It was during these times when my feet were throbbing and I felt like I could not take another step that I would think of my mom and the thousands of individuals suffering with MS in which that short lived feeling for me is their constant reality. In those moments, the pain suddenly didn’t seem so bad and I would push forward.

On Fathers Day’s my race went off without a hitch and I felt amazing as I crossed the finish line, not only as a personal accomplishment, but also knowing that it was helping to make a difference in the lives of so many.

If you are so inclined, please consider making a donation to help me reach my fundraising goal. Any amount is greatly appreciated and I am planning to match all donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $500.

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Thanks so much,


PS – See you in Boston next year!