An Ohio State graduate will seek to break a world record next month and raise money to fight cystic fibrosis by running 11 marathons in 11 days at Pickerington High School North.

An Ohio State graduate will seek to break a world record next month and raise money to fight cystic fibrosis by running 11 marathons in 11 days at Pickerington High School North.

A childhood friend's diagnosis three years ago propelled Coshocton, Ohio, native Kalyn Jolivette to stand up to cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.

The experience led her to volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Ohio in 2007, but she soon discovered serious issues sometimes are best confronted by unconventional measures.

Since then, Jolivette has applied her passion for running - she frequently runs 100 miles or more per week - to the fight against cystic fibrosis.

On June 9, she will embark on an 11-day mission to run 26-mile marathons on 11 consecutive days at PHS North's track. She hopes the effort will raise awareness about cystic fibrosis, as well as money for research to fight the disease.

Additionally, it might land her in the Guinness Book of World Records.

"The reason I'm running 11 marathons is that's what I need to do to break a Guinness record," Jolivette said. "We're kind of using the record to bring more attention to what's meaningful to me, which is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"To get people's attention, you kind of have to do crazy things."

Jolivette will run from 3 to 8 p.m. on June 9 and will begin the subsequent marathons at 7 a.m. each day.

In addition to gathering well-wishers, she hopes people from throughout central Ohio will support her by donating money and even joining her in her trek. She also needs witnesses to confirm her running to Guinness.

"I'm giving myself four to five hours each day to run the 26 miles," she said. "We picked Pickerington (North) because they have a really nice track."

For a $5 registration fee, people can run with Jolivette any time between 3 and 7 p.m. on June 9, or between 7 and 11 a.m. June 10-13.

On June 14-18, runners can join her for a $10 fee, and all those who run on the final day will pay $25 to participate and receive a commemorative photo signed by the 23-year-old Jolivette, who is a medical student at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Registration and sponsorship information is available online at, or by calling the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Ohio at (614) 846-2440.

"We are very excited to have Kalyn supporting our foundation while breaking a world record," said Erin Hays, special events director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Ohio. "The public is encouraged to sign up to run with her in this history-making event."

Jolivette's training for the successive marathons has included running 90 to 100 miles per week. An avid runner since junior high school, she's completed the Boston Marathon, as well as in "ultra running" events, such as 60K and 50-mile races.

"I ran my first marathon my senior year in high school," she said. "Once I did that, I was hooked.

"To me, it's relaxing. It's a nice stress-reliever, but I also feel a sense of accomplishment."

She recently completed a 700-mile odyssey through each of Ohio's 88 counties. On that trip, she ran a daily average of 21 miles and spent her evenings camping along roadsides.

After each day of running at PHS North, she will return to her Columbus apartment to recuperate.

"Pacing is a big thing, as well as making sure your calorie intake is sufficient," she said. "I'm planning on taking ice baths every night because cooling helps muscles recover.

"I don't expect it to be easy," she said. "We're trying to get the word out and working really hard. I'm just trying to raise as much awareness and as much money as possible to fight cystic fibrosis."