Yesterday I wrote about Bill Nawn and Sean Luitjens who plan to run the 111th Boston Marathon twice. Their double-marathon distance is for a charitable cause and very similar to the this story, but 1,500 miles shorter.
There is a group of 20 runners who will not stop after they run the Boston Marathon on Monday. These athletes make up two teams of 10 participants in the TREK II East Coast Relay. On Wednesday they will embark on an 11-day, 1,568-mile relay run to West Palm Beach, FL. Each team will average 143 miles a day while each runner will cover 15 to 17 miles a day.
Teams will be running at the same time, but each will raise funds for a different charity. Each runner is responsible for raising a minimum of $5,000 for their respective organization. Classrooms across the country will be monitoring as Team DMSE and TEAM POL pass through 11 states and the District of Columbia on their way to Florida. The teams hope to motivate kids and raise awareness about child obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.