When 61-year-old Tom Perri began running as a teen, he never imagined he’d go on to complete more than 2,000 races, logging over 100,000 lifetime miles.
He’s run in all 50 states — six times.
“I’m a true Gemini. I like to do things twice… and (then) it was the third, fourth, fifth, sixth (time),” Perri, who lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota, told TODAY’s Al Roker. “Now my goal, ultimately, is 14 times for the 50 states.”
But three years ago, Perri noticed a difference in his finish times. He was slowing down, which he at first attributed to overtraining, possible Lyme disease or maybe anemia. When he went in for a full physical exam, tests showed a different problem: his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood level was at more than 92 — an abnormally high reading.
Perri was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer. A few months later, he learned the cancer had spread, changing the diagnosis to a stage 4.