ST. LOUIS — A mother and her adult son who are from St. Charles are about to reach a goal that’s been 17 years in the making: running a marathon in every state. They are just 26.2 miles away from reaching that goal.

Karen Thomson and John Meilink are the definition of determination. They have 49 states under their belt, and they have one to go. The mother and son will complete their final marathon on June 23, 2019 in Maine.

There are other people who have done this. Karen and John are part of a 50-state marathon club, but they are the only mother and son in the entire group.