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American pride: Mayfield man runs 5K for 50 straight days to spread patriotism and positivity

'Our community needs to remember that we do live in the greatest country in the world.'

MAYFIELD, Ohio — It's 7 a.m. and 50-year-old Joe Longano is already on the move.

His laces are tied, American flag in hand and shoes hitting the pavement as he makes his daily three mile run. 

"I just wanted to do something positive," Longano said.

Each step he takes is in support of the service men and women who protect and serve our country. 

"Every day that they get up their life is on the line for us," Longano said. "They sacrifice leaving their family for months or years at a time." 

In fact, he has run three miles a day for 50 straight days. 

"I feel like I'm making a difference," he said while running through his Mayfield neighborhood with an American flag waving in his arms. 

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With more than 264,000 feet traveled in those 50 days, it was a tremendous physical challenge that he put on himself. He admits that after a few days his legs were sore and he experienced shin splints. 

But for Joe, the aches and pains are just a minor bearing to show his appreciation for those who have and are currently serving our country. 

"At the end of the day, my 25-30 minutes a day to sacrifice, to honor our men and women, I can deal with it." 

50 days of running, reflection and inspiration in hopes of honoring those who sacrifice to protect all of us.

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