• Doctor running 50 5k races in 50 states in 50 days comes to Charlotte

    By: Adam Gaub

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A doctor on a special mission visited Charlotte on Sunday.

    Dr. Adel Korkor ran a 5k at McAlpine Creek Park in Southeast Charlotte – significant because it is one more step on his way to running 50 5k races in 50 states – in just 50 days.

    It’s part of the Five 50-50 Run Walk Series, which Korkor founded and kicked off last weekend in Hawaii. Sunday's race in Charlotte was No. 16 on his journey.

    He says part of his journey is to raise awareness about mental health issues.

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    “Running and exercising has helped my mental health situation,” Korkor said. “I have panic disorder. I felt that it was important to enforce the role of exercise in mental health by establishing this program.”

    Korkor says developing an exercise routine has helped “immensely” in combating his panic disorder symptoms.

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