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Minnesotans Running 100 Miles for Burmese Refugees

July 12, 2013 at 5:45pm EST | by NYRR staff

The journey of 100 miles begins with a single step—or a single 26.72-mile run, if you ask the pack of Minnesota do-gooders who left yesterday (July 11) on an epic charity run.

As reports, 10 runners hit the road in Bloomington, Minn., where their Cedar Valley Church has partnered with the Christian charity organization Venture Expeditions to launch Run for the Border.

Through the program, Venture Expeditions and their various partners hope to raise money for refugees on the Burma-Thailand border, where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the Burmese government and find themselves in need of food.

According to Venture Expeditions, a mere 10 cents is enough to provide a meal for a refugee, and those wishing to help out are able to do so by pledging to run a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, full marathon or 100-miler.

Josiah Kennealy is among the 10 who opted for that latter option, and before putting feet to pavement, he took to the Venture website—which indicates he’s already exceeded his personal fundraising goal of $1,000 by nearly 25 percent—to explain his rationale for wanting to run such a long distance.

“If I reach my goal that would equate to 10,000 meals!” Kennealy writes. “Let's do something radical to change the world together by feeding the starving and sharing the HOPE of Jesus Christ with them. Thanks for standing with me in this great cause!”

The runners plan to wrap their journey on Sunday, July 14, in Hastings, Minn. A day earlier, another Run for the Border participant, Minnesota Sun Post editor Jonathan Young, will have completed his 100 miles, though he opted for Venture’s option that allows runners to complete the formidable distance over longer periods of time.

Young began logging his miles on Memorial Day, and he says he felt compelled to join the cause after hearing a speech from Venture president Ryan Skoog. As Skoog explained, Venture had the novel idea of shipping food to Burmese refugees through the port in Bangkok, Thailand, and thanks to the agency’s hard work—as well as a signature from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—more than a million meals have reached their desired destination.

Venture hopes to send 3.2 million more meals.

Categories: Human Interest

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