Jim Driver found a unique way to celebrate May Day this year.
Driver, a runner for 22 years, a "serious one since 1986," had run four marathons, but never had gone beyond the 26-mile, 385-yard distance. He turned 50 on May 1, and to commemorate the event, he decided to try 50 miles.
"It's something I had been thinking about for about a year," Driver said last week.
The Northern Central Railroad Trail from Ashland to the Pennsylvania line served as his footpath. He began his ultramarathon at 6:30 a.m. and, 10 hours, 53 minutes, 23 seconds later, successfully had managed his course.