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Man with Autism Runs Illinois Marathon for Charity...Again
URBANA -- When he was little, you couldn't convince Guy Conners to run.
But at 23 -- he'll tell you, it's his life now.
"Excited," Conners tells me.
"How excited are you?" I ask him.
"26.2 miles tomorrow," he replies.
His parents, Sandra and Rick, are avid runners. And Saturday, Sandra joined Guy in the sixth-annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Rick cheered from the sidelines.
"I mean, people run because it feels good when it stops. But he runs because it feels good while he's doing it, which it something I've never experienced really," Guy's father, Rick Conners said.
It's Guy's second marathon -- and he's running it, in part, for charity. He has autism, and each dollar he raises will go to Arts of Life -- An art community in Chicago that promotes talent of people with disabilities.
By race time -- almost $2,400 was donated.
"It's been wonderful. It's developed his artistic talent, which we discovered he had while he was in high school...So it's not only, you know, a program where they provide a place and a vehicle for him to work but it continues to develop each individual," his mother, Sandra Conners said.
Last year, guy ran the 26-point-2 mile marathon in 3-hours, 27-minutes and 4-seconds. This year, he almost beat that -- coming in just 46 seconds later.
"He stayed ahead of me almost the whole time -- maybe about 30 yards ahead and he's look back. I was actually using him as my pacer," John Kiser, Guy's marathon pace leader said.
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.