ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- "It started in the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon," said Arlington resident Frank Fumich.

Since then, running has become an addiction for Fumich.

The guy has run more than 50 marathons, ones through the Grand Canyon and Sahara Desert. He has done Iron Man and bike races.

He even motivates his neighbors to run.

"He reminds me that your limits are only in your mind and that if you want to set out and run a marathon then you should do it. It's been very encouraging," said Michelle Bonsalle, Fumich's next door neighbor.

But there's one race wants more than all the others.

"Oh my, you can't imagine, I get goosebumps just thinking about it," said Fumich.

Those goosebumps are from thinking about running in the 2014 Boston Marathon, mostly because of what happened in the 2013 run: the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

"Fortunately no one I know was injured. But I did have plenty of friends running. But my initial thought was that could have easily been me running," recalled Fumich.

The father of twin girls responded by, what else? Running.

With a few friends, he organized a fundraising run in Arlington that raised more than $30,000 the day following the bombing. They then ran the money to Boston, personally delivering it to bombing victims.

Since then, he's helped raise an additional $40,000.

"I enjoy helping other people but I'm also a runner, so it kind of fit perfectly. In this tragedy it's a perfect match," said Fumich.

Considering all his efforts, you'd think Fumich would be a shoe in to run in the upcoming 2014 Boston Marathon. He even qualified for the marathon in a preliminary race. Still, one problem: while qualifying, spots for the Boston Marathon filled up.

The Boston Marathon is known to make exceptions for people who raise money for marathon-affiliated charities. But coming off last year's tragedy, this year, slots filled up quickly.

"I'm just hoping that based on what we did and the lives we've touched, they might find a single slot for me," he said, adding that he has been in touch with marathon officials, but his entry is still up in the air.

He is holding out hope that he can run just one more race. That is, until the one after that.

"How can you keep getting motivated to do the same races? But if you couple it with helping other people, it becomes more meaningful," said Fumich.

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