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Wakefield runner completes longest virtual race ever

By Hunter Cresswell


When most people run 1,022 kilometres across Tennessee, they don’t usually end that run in Wakefield, but Dennis Ferris isn’t just any runner and this event wasn’t just any race.


Wakefield resident Dennis Ferris, 64, completed his 1,022-km virtual run across Tennessee on July 19 in Wakefield. Photo courtesy Shelley Crabtree
Wakefield resident Dennis Ferris, 64, completed his 1,022-km virtual run across Tennessee on July 19 in Wakefield. Photo courtesy Shelley Crabtree

It took Ferris, a 64-year-old insurance adjuster investigator, who was born and raised in Australia but moved from Orleans, Ontario to Riverside Drive 10 years ago, about 75 days to run the thousand plus kilometre distance from one corner of Tennessee to the opposite, as part of the longest virtual race ever.