North Carolina physician to run 5 marathons in 5 days to raise money for patients

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A Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare Systems physician, who usually goes the extra mile for his patients, will go a few extra miles during the next five days as he competes in five marathons, according to WCNC.com.

Theodore Frank, MD, plans to run five marathon races in five days to raise money for his patients and to promote heart health.

He told WCNC.com he plans to slow down by mile 17 of each race to give his patients the opportunity to walk or run with him to the finish line.

"[Competing in the races] was a nice way to marry my love of exercise, how much I care for my patients and how inspired I am by my patients," Dr. Frank told WCNC.com. "I'll walk with my patients for a little less than a mile and get added inspiration and then go off on my way. ... Day five will probably be a survival test at that point."

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