Two Newport runners eclipse the century mark

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OLLALIE LAKE — Each year for his birthday, Ed Cortes runs a mile for every year that he’s been alive. Maybe Cortes, age 46, lost track of his age, or is testing the fates of his own mortality, because he recently ran in a 100-mile race. On Sept. 23, Cortes, along with Gregory Reed, ran in the Mountain Lake 100, a hundred-mile race at Olallie Lake. Although an avid runner, Cortes had never finished a race of this distance. “Once you’ve been running and been in a running community, it’s almost like a natural progression. You run a mile, then you want to run a 5K, then a 10K, then half, then a marathon,” Cortes said.

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