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Arthritis Foundation salutes local runner
Stafford and national arthritis group recognize cross-the-nation runner

 Patrick McGlade competes in the Western States run.
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Date published: 7/25/2010


Patrick McGlade, a 21-year-old Aquia Harbour resident who jogged across the nation earlier this year, will be recognized by the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation this week for his efforts to help fight the disease.

His 113-day, 2,551-mile run also has been recognized by the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, which presented a proclamation July 6 commending McGlade "for his courage and dedication."

McGlade, who raised nearly $25,000 for the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, will be one of three men honored at the group's annual four-day conference starting Thursday in Philadelphia.

More than 900 family members of children afflicted with the disease are expected to attend.

McGlade started his run in Huntington Beach, Calif., last Jan. 1 and finished at Tybee Island, Ga., April 23.

The Arthritis Foundation recommended that McGlade try not to use more than 30 percent of the money donated to pay for expenses. Thanks to contributions of meals and lodging, he didn't spend any of it, according to McGlade's father, Desi.

McGlade has continued to run since completing his coast-to-coast fundraiser.

In late June, he finished 85th in the Western States 100-mile endurance run in Squaw Valley, Calif.

Hugh Muir: 540/735-1975
Email: hmuir@freelancestar.com

Patrick McGlade has raised $24,715 for juvenile arthritis from a total of 597 sponsors. Donations in his name continue to be accepted.

Checks should be made out to the Arthritis Foundation and mailed to:

The Arthritis Foundation, Attention: PatricksRun4 Arthritis, 1330 W. Peachtree St. N.W., No. 100, Atlanta, Ga. 30309.