Officer hopes to complete 52 marathons in 52 weeks, for a cause - KCTV5

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Officer hopes to complete 52 marathons in 52 weeks, all for a good cause

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LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

A Lenexa police officer running 52 marathons in 52 weeks is one step closer to reaching his goal.

Master Patrol Officer Bob Schluben ran his sixth marathon Saturday morning, participating in Kansas City, KS's Psycho WyCo Run.

Before the race, he said it will be a tougher one than most.

"The distance today is going to be a 50K which is 31 miles. It's a little bit further than I'm used to running and it's going to be my first ultra marathon. I've never tried one of these before and it's going to be even more challenging when it's actually out here on the trails," Schluben said.

His idea to run so many races had many asking if he was crazy.

"They don't ask me that, they tell me that," Bob Schluben said when asked if people ask him if he's crazy.

While he is a police officer by day, his second passion is running.

Last year, after running several marathons, his friends raised an interesting question and sparked an idea to do what seemed impossible.

"My friends asked me, 'why are you running so much, why do you do it?' They said, 'are you doing it just because or are you running for a cause?'" Schluben said.

Now he's embarking on an amazing journey. As an officer of 22 years he's seen a lot of horrific things, perhaps the most difficult to deal with are cases involving child abuse. Schluben wanted to run for a reason and set out to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

He said as soon as he made the decision to go for the goal, he knew the Sunflower House was the perfect fit. The organization is a not-for-profit child advocacy center.

"We actually thought it was a little crazy, but we were so touched and so tickled he would choose us as our charity of choice," Michelle Herman, the president of Sunflower House, said.

The Sunflower House educates parents and children about child abuse and about when to know when something isn't right. They encourage children to speak out if they have been abused and provide a safe place for children to be interviewed when abuse has occurred.

"This is like a home away from home. This is not your typical hospital environment or police station environment," Schluben said. "When the kids come here, they truly feel at ease."

Schluben is footing the bill for his travel, which so far has taken him to Texas, Alabama and last weekend a very snowy Michigan, where the conditions were less than ideal. But he pushes through.

"I know I'm doing it for a good reason," he said.

He will keep going and hopefully raise money to help the center that's dedicated to helping children.

For more information on 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks and how you can donate go to bobschluben.com.

Click here for more information on the Sunflower House.

Schluben is also using the experience to raise money for S.A.F.E., the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund, which provides financial assistance to the families of public safety officers who lose their life in the performance of their duties. Click here for more on the organization.

Starting next week KCTV5 will be keeping up with Schluben. People will be able to see photos of his runs and follow his journey.

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