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Alumnus Kenny McCleary Ready to Complete Marathons in 50 States

June 14, 2013

Kenny McCleary

Kenny McCleary

Chemical engineering alumnus Kenny McCleary will become the newest member of an exclusive group of marathon runners, the 50-State Club, when he completes the Mayor's Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 20. He ran his first marathon in 2001, and became intrigued by the chance to visit every state in the U.S. and visiting family and Rose-Hulman alumni along the way.

"I run marathons because finishing one is a hard thing to do," says the 1983 graduate. "There's no way to fake your way through it. You have to put in the work and complete the preparation. Other Rose-Hulman graduates and students can probably identify with the satisfaction from completing something that is a real challenge—either mental or physical."

When he's not running and training, McCleary is director of environmental, health, safety, and security at Evonik Degussa Corporation's Tippecanoe Laboratories in Lafayette, Indiana.