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Paul Stofko

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A Northwest Indiana man will attempt to run four hours straight on a treadmill to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

Paul Stofko, a fitness specialist at Wittenberg Village in Crown Point, will try the feat from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the retirement community's fitness center, 1200 Luther Drive.

He noted that after 99 minutes the treadmill automatically shuts down to cool off, giving him time for a bathroom break. Otherwise, he'll be running continuously.

"I'm an ultrarunner. I do long-distance runs. I'm preparing for a 100-miler in August," he said. "For me, it's in my head that I'll be getting a good training run in on Friday."

Stofko did a similar run for the American Heart Association in 2009. He is the founder of the Crazy Legs Race Series, which hosts unique races around the Region that often raise money for charity.

During Friday's run, he will be collecting donations for the Alzheimer's Association. People also can donate at alz.org/donate. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

"We work with a lot of dementia patients," Stofko said. "Hopefully this event brings a lot of new faces to the fitness center."

For more information, call 219-661-3364.

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Health reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.