matt ketterman 042415 streak ends

Matt Ketterman at the end of his run today – and at the end of a streak of running for 8,698 consecutive days.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. Saturday:

Do the math. I should have.

But Matt Ketterman agrees with the News & Record's sharp copy desk: It's actually 8,699 days. The total is correct in today's print edition.

So Matt, even though you don't plan to run today, congratulations on adding one more day to your streak!

Greensboro's Matt Ketterman has run every day since July 1, 1991. That's 8,698 days.

But with surgery for a hernia looming Monday, Ketterman decided during this morning's run on the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway that today would be the end of the streak.

An email this morning from Ketterman:

"A recent hernia has caused me to go in for surgery this coming Monday. Rather than let a knife stop my streak, I decided this morning on the greenway that today is the day. I am at peace with the decision as God has been telling me to slow down a bit lately. I am grateful for all the years that I’ve been able to run every day and look forward to getting back out there very soon.

"Even though the streak takes only 8-10 minutes a day, it can be a bit stressful trying to do it every single day. I’m looking at the surgery recovery as 'halftime.' In the second half, I will be able to cross-train more, jump on a bike without having to run, swim, take more group exercise classes, etc. So, in a way it is a relief. In the second half, at some point, I want to achieve my dream of qualifying for Boston. That will be a focal point once full recovery is done. It may take years, but being able to have rest days should, in fact, help with the training."

Ketterman, 43, has run at least 1 mile each day since he decided to go for a run on July 1, 1991, during orientation at Clemson University. Ketterman's streak, according to the U.S. Running Streak Association, ranks No. 97 nationally among active runners. Jon Sutherland, 64, of West Hills, Calif., is the leader with a streak of more than 45 years, or 16,770 days, that began May 26, 1969.

Ketterman and his wife, Amy, also a runner, are parents to a 6-year-old, Braxton. He says Amy is supportive of his decision.

"She just went through hernia surgery three months ago, and I nursed her back to health," he says, "and now she's going to return the favor. She's actually relieved, too."

Ketterman still plans to hold his annual streak celebration, Matt's 10K Run to Fight Hunger, in July. The run benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Watch the Running Shorts blog for more details leading up to the event.

Contact Eddie Wooten at 373-7093, and follow @EddieWootenNR on Twitter.

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