Let’s get one thing straight. Jerry Kotsovos doesn’t run to seek attention. In fact, he’d much rather run from the spotlight.
“I’d be so embarrassed if it made it sound like I was trying to get my name in the paper,” Kotsovos said.
But his many years of running, the miles he has logged and mostly his sense of stick-to-it-ness has made the 74-year-old Camas resident a source of inspiration in the running community.
Kotsovos did not contact The Columbian. His friend, Nirav Dalal, did.
“I often tell him that he’s a celebrity in our community,” Dalal said, “which he laughs off.”
On Friday – Christmas Day – after 46 years of running, Kotsovos will reach a milestone when he logs his 130,000th mile of running. That’s an average of about 2,800 miles a year or almost eight miles a day.