ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — A Rockford man reached a significant milestone on Saturday.
Twenty-one-year-old Adam Quinn has now run over 2,018 miles in 2018, an average of over five miles per day.
“Almost everyone who knows him (knows) he’s always running, almost every day of the week,” said his father, Allan Quinn.
During Adam Quinn’s quest to “run the year,” he has finished four marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
What people don’t know if they spot Adam Quinn winding through the hidden trails of Rockford is that he has autism, but his dad says that’s the point: it doesn’t define him.
“It really isn’t who he is,” Allan Quinn said. “Over the years, he kept trying to work to say you do things just like anyone else, you’re just different in how you do it.”
Adam Quinn was welcomed by a crowd of family and friends in downtown Rockford as he finished his 2,018th mile.
He said he felt good to finish the challenge and be welcomed by loved ones.
Adam’s parents said they hope his story spreads a smile and encourages inclusion.
“There’s probably lots of people who have some capability and they want to do things with other people, they just may not be fully functioning in the way you might expect them to,” Allan Quinn said. “If you just give everyone a chance, you may find out that hey they can be a friend, they can do more than you think.”