JOHN WRIGHT • Murray Ledger and Times

Murray State University alumnus Kevin Gose is seeking to make a statement this summer about diabetes awareness.

At 42, and three years removed from losing 60 pounds after his doctor warned him that he was heading down a dangerous path, Gose is preparing for a journey that he hopes will bring attention to this matter. Starting June 25, he will begin what he is billing the Run Across Kentucky, starting in the far east on the banks of the Ohio River in Ashland and ending 500-plus miles later at the edge of the Mississippi River in Hickman.

It is believed his route will bring him back to the home of his college alma mater, Murray, on or about July 4.

“I am really doing a slight zig-zag through Kentucky more than directly across.  I will separate my day into 2 running sessions of 20 miles each,” Goes said by email earlier this week. He is a teacher at Bullitt Central High School near Louisville and also serves as the school’s cross country coach.

His quest in the name of diabetes awareness is expressed on the website promoting the event — runacrossky.com. There, he said that he had become quite overweight several years ago and that was followed by a series of life-changing events.

First, he said, his father, already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, began having problems because of a medication changes. Then his mother and sister were both diagnosed, leading to his own doctor issuing warnings about his own health in 2010, basically telling him he would be on insulin treatments within a year.

So he returned to an activity he had once enjoyed — running. He had run cross country for William Byrd High School in Roanoke, Va., before coming to MSU as a student and once he got moving,  the result was a dramatic weight loss.

Now, he is spreading the message in a manner that enables him to return to a place fond to him.

“When we were scouting the route, we stayed in Murray and I had a nice run through the north side of town and campus,” Gose said through email. “I graduated from Murray State in 1997 with a degree in Theatre, and the love of Murray brought me back to Kentucky after several itinerant years working in professional theatre. I settled down in the Louisville area where many of my MSU friends resided and got married. I still have many friends that I come back to Murray to visit.”

The cross-commonwealth run is designed as a fundraiser in the fight against diabetes with proceeds from the activity going to the American Diabetes Association. To learn more about donating to the project, visit www.runacrossky.org.

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