Photo by Ben Carlson
Jack Grugin raises a fist as he completes a run last Friday morning, marking a full 20 years of jogging every day.
7,305 days and counting

By Ben Carlson

It wasn’t a fire or smoke alarm that startled Jack Grugin from his sleep one night about 10 years ago.

A retired US Army lieutenant colonel who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, Grugin awoke that morning to a severe thunderstorm, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched a little TV and hit the sack.

“I woke up, rolled over and it was 10:30,” Grugin, 67, said. “I sat up and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I haven’t run today!’ and got up and ran.