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Worker recovering from brain injury trains for Missoula Marathon

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Jul 12 2013 04:41:56 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 05:13:46 PM MDT
DOUG DOVE
MISSOULA, Mont. -

This Sunday, the hard work of thousands of runners will be put to the test at the 7th annual Missoula Marathon.

For our final Marathon Minute, we have the story of one man from Huson who's had to put in a lot more work than most after suffering a traumatic brain injury 18 months ago.

Doug Dove was doing demolition work at the old Smurfit Stone mill site when a 350-pound piece of metal fell on his chest.

Day by day, step by step, Dove has gone from moving a few inches at a time to walking miles.

"I’ve been able to do lots of things that people said I wouldn't be able to do," said Dove. “Jokingly, it was brought up that we ought to do the half marathon. We kind of laughed about it, but it morphed into a thing of its own."

Dove says finishing the half marathon isn't his only goal.

“The other one is to encourage other people,” said Dove. “No matter what happens to you. Unless you have structural damage, you can do a lot of things, if you will. I'm not saying it's easy. I'm not saying that it's always fun. But you can get up and go and do the things that you have to do to get back and active, and be able to do things that you enjoy doing. “That's my encouragement to everybody. Don't give up."