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Marathon man takes first day off from running in 45 years

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A man who had not missed a day running for 45 years is finally going to take a break because of a foot injury.

Mark Covert - a 62-year-old track coach from Lancaster in California - had not missed a day of running since July 23, 1968.

That amounts to a streak of 16,437 successive days - the longest active streak in the United States, according to the US Running Streak Association.

Covert has decided to end the streak on Tuesday - the 45th anniversary of when it all started due to his untimely injury.

"I've always said that it's not something that I have to do, but something I get to do," said Covert.

"As much as it is about going out the door every day, there's a whole lot of luck involved, too.

"You can't step in a hole or get so sick you can't get out the door, but I've been very fortunate with my health in general."

Covert finished seventh in the Olympic marathon trials in 1972.

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