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24-hour 'Sufferfest' becoming Christmas staple

Posted at 11:13 PM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 11:49:10-05

For the third straight year, a runner spent Christmas looping Denver's Washington Park to raise money for an ill friend.

Kimberly Jacobs started her run at midnight, but because of weather conditions, she had to cut it off around 9:30 p.m. at 60 miles.

"It's harder than I thought because it's really cold out here and it's really icy, so running on the ice has been a challenge," said Jacobs.

She was raising money for a co-worker who has mounting medical bills from diabetes and other ailments. As of Friday night, she had barely exceeded her $1,000 goal on her GoFundMe account.

Runner Philip Snyder hit 84 miles while running for 24 hours last year. He raised more than $6,000 for an ill friend.

"I came out and ran some of it with Phil last year, and I felt really inspired by what he was doing for his friend," said Jacobs.

Snyder was inspired by Todd Lytle, who raised money for an ill child in 2014.

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