Man runs 53 miles around Bainbridge Island to shed light on addiction and mental health

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Greg Nance takes his sobriety one step at a time. The ultra-marathon runner is raising awareness about addiction and mental illness through grueling long-distant treks. 

The Bainbridge Island native just completed a full loop of his hometown — about 53 miles — in one day. By lunch, Nance had already done the equivalent of a traditional marathon. 

His physical feats are motivated by his fight for sobriety. Nance is a former class president from Bainbridge High School, a state champion debater and received scholarships to the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. 

At the age of 16, he began drinking alcohol to cope with anxiety and depression. It increased over time and got to the point where he was drinking before school. He admits the idea of being labeled as an addict only fueled his downward spiral. Nance was eventually suspended from the tennis team, but received great support from his coaches. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to conquer his addiction, which followed him to college in Chicago. Numerous emergency room visits due to alcohol were a wake-up call, but he was still unable to harness his demons.”

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