Fitness coaches run 77K in 24 hours for a good cause


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Running outside has been one of the few athletic activities allowed during the pandemic. But one couple has gone the extra mile, literally.

The pair of fitness coaches decided to run two miles every hour for 24 hours this past weekend, and all for a good cause.

“Every single hour on the top of the hour we do two miles which we will be running here locally. Two miles every hour for 24 hours that does add up to 48 miles and if we did our math correct that is a 77K,” run organizer Crystal Kennedy said.

At Ferguson Fitness in Roanoke, Kennedy and Jesse Johnson embarked on the long run to help raise money for the Children’s Trust, a service that helps prevent child abuse while advocating for those who have been mistreated.

“Can you imagine being a child with an abusive family and not being able to do anything or you’re locked in the house during this kind of time,” Johnson said. “It would be just unimaginable.”

Both organizers hit the sidewalks running while also accepting donations throughout the 24 hour period. The duo raised over $1500.

But it’s not just about raising money. The two wanted to do something good for the city during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We’re getting hit with something every single day,” Kennedy said. “So if we can find one small way to bring a positive light to something that is so negative. Yeah we’re all about it. If it takes 48 miles in 24 hours then yeah I’m down.”

Both drew support from the community with some cheering on the dynamic duo as they run. But it’s the thoughts of the kids that keep them motivated.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of time to reflect and maybe think about what’s really going on out there,” Johnson said.

With every step taken and each mile conquered, that’s another child helped in the Roanoke area.

Johnson said: “With all the crazy stuff that is going on right now, we need just a little spark of positivity.”

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