Ethan Taylor continues his weight loss journey by finishing the Chicago Marathon

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — While most people at the Chicago Marathon were focused on the top runners, there was a Rockford native who took another step forward in his weight loss journey.

Ethan Taylor earned national recognition by dropping over 180 lbs in two years.

While most people would be satisfied with the tremendous weight loss, Taylor quickly set a new goal by aiming his sights at the Chicago marathon.

Taylor prepped for months, and also raised money for Action for Healthy Kids which raises awareness for childhood obesity.

He continued his success when it came to the marathon by finishing in four hours and 44 minutes which was faster than his goal time.

While Taylor ran the marathon for his benefit, he hopes that his continued weight loss journey encourages others to start their own.

“I hope that when people see my story, they just realize that if Ethan can do it, so can I,” Taylor said. “I’m really just an average person. I was a college dropout, I had depression, and I had a back injury, and I kind of dug myself out of it with a lot of help for some amazing people.”

Taylor raised over $3,000 for Action for Healthy Kids leading up to the marathon.

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