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Man celebrates rare birthday with race
Bud Badyna of St. Simons Island knew that his 46th birthday Wednesday would be a once in a lifetime - or century - event.

Because it would be special a date and time in calendar history, he started planning for the occasion early, nearly two years early, in fact.

"I realized that my birthday would fall on 12/12/12," Badnya said. "I knew I would want to do something special."

Badyna, a member of the Golden Isles Track Club, decided to gather his friends for either a 12-kilometer or shorter 1.2-kilometer run beginning at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday.

Though the day was rainy, the group started at Morningstar Marina on the F.J. Torras Causeway and began running toward Brunswick. At the halfway mark, or 3.7 miles, the group turned around and returned to the marina for the finish line - 12 kilometer run.

One mile is equal to about 1.6 kilometers.

"About 26 of us all together showed up," Badnya said. "Not bad for the rainy weather."

To keep the theme on his special day, Badyna paid attention to his time.

"I took my time and I didn't stress myself, but when I approached the finish line, I noticed I had been running for an hour and 10 minutes," Badyna said. "So I kept running for an hour and 12 minutes. This is the last time any dates will repeat like this until 1-1-2101."

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