WACO (March 20, 2013)—A Central Texas man who was run over by a truck while running in 2008 is competing in Baylor’s Bearathon, a half marathon Saturday.
Despite breaking his neck, back, shoulder, 20 ribs, pelvic bone and puncturing a lung, Mark Hager, of Austin, will achieve his goal this weekend and it isn’t enough to finish the race.
Hager turned 50 last year and has set a goal to not only to complete the Bearathon, but run a half marathon every month since his last birthday.
March will serve as the final month to achieve that goal.
In 2010, Hager started a website for athletes overcoming various accidents and while it is no longer active, the site provided dozens of injured and ill athletes with advice and moral support.
The 11th annual Bearathon is expected to bring more than 3,000 runners to the Baylor campus this year and will provide scholarships to dozens of students.
Racing begins alongside Fountain Mall and will continue through Cameron Park.
A smaller 5k race will be held along the banks of the Brazos River.
According to a Baylor university spokesperson, $68,973 was raised by nearly 2,200 participants last year.
To register, visit the Baylor Student Foundation Website.