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PERSONAL BEST: Renfrew man completes 80 miles in wheelchair

September 24, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Dave Convery of Renfrew set an unofficial record Friday for the longest distance completed in a wheelchair, compiling 80 miles in 10 hours and 27 minutes on a section of the Justus Trail in Franklin.

It may not be official, but Dave Convery, 62, of Renfrew, has the personal satisfaction of breaking the longest distance traveled in a wheelchair.

His wife, Mame, said her husband completed 80 miles in 10 hours and 27 minutes by doing the wheeling himself in 3.2-mile loops around a section of the Justus Trail in Franklin. He started at 7:26 a.m. and finished just before 6 p.m. Friday.

The old record was 75 miles in 12 hours.

“When he hit 80 miles, he was done. He was satisfied at getting to 80 miles,” Mame Convery said.

He was trying to make the Guinness Book of World Records, but his wife said the Guinness people had too many expensive stipulations — the course had to be measured by a professional surveyor for one — that he decided to make the attempt without worrying about an official record.

Read more in Thursday's Butler Eagle.

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