Preparing to run

Gary Atlas,58, prepares to run his six mile route along the beach at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100802011800" title="Coney Island" href="/topic/us/new-york/new-york-city/brooklyn-%28new-york-city%29/coney-island-PLGEO100100802011800.topic">Coney Island</a> in New York. According to Atlas, who started his run as a means of escape during his mother's illness, he has run his daily six mile route bare-chested and swam the often icy waters of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEOREG000027" title="Atlantic Ocean" href="/topic/international/atlantic-ocean-PLGEOREG000027.topic">Atlantic Ocean</a> along the Brooklyn waterfront for 1,214 days straight.
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( Reuters photo / January 18, 2011 )

Gary Atlas,58, prepares to run his six mile route along the beach at Coney Island in New York. According to Atlas, who started his run as a means of escape during his mother's illness, he has run his daily six mile route bare-chested and swam the often icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the Brooklyn waterfront for 1,214 days straight.

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