Man runs 298th marathon at Run River City

By Audrey Wise

May 18, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Sunday morning was the second annual Run River City Marathon.

There was a wheelchair marathon, marathon, half marathon, relay marathon, 5k and kids 1.2 mile run. In all, about 2,500 people participated.

"I want people to catch the bug that exercising and having a healthy lifestyle is a great, great, great thing to have in one's life," said co-race director Adam White.

Runners came from near and far to pound the pavement in Peoria.

Matt Segebart, 39, of Washington was the winner of the marathon.

"There was a pack of four of us that ran most of the way together up until mile 25. Actually we all finished very close, within I don't know 50 yards or so. That's kind of strange because usually its pretty spread out," he said.

Segebart finished the marathon with a time of 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Andrea Weber from Peoria didn't travel far in the car, but on foot she completed her fourth half marathon.

"I'm just coming out for fun, just to run and I like to do half marathons, new way to challenge myself," said Weber.

The group 'Women Run the World' brought seven teams from the Chicagoland area for the unique marathon relay race.

Relay runner Christine Harris said, "We don't have a time goal but it's really just to come out and support each other, so we each can do our individual best and then just cross as a team."

They say it's a marathon, not a sprint. Perhaps the person that lives that motto to the fullest is Robert Bishton from Florida.

"This will be my 298th marathon," he explained.

Bishton has run a marathon in every state at least four times, he's run one on every continent and seen at least 26.2 miles of more than 40 countries. He says it all started about 10 years ago.

"I started to walk five miles a day to lose weight and I lost about 60 pounds in eight months just doing that and of course changing my diet," said Bishton.

Most of the runners, including Bishton, said you can do it too! You just have to start small.

"So many people underestimate what they can do," said Bishton.

Marathon organizers will donate about $10,000 to the St. Jude Runs charity from the race profits.