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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Local runner ran 100 miles to benefit homeless


On June 2, for 27 hours and 19 minutes, Mike DeMeritt ran 100 consecutive miles to raise money for DuPage PADS, a local organization that strives to end homelessness.  He was faced with physical and mental hardships, but pushed on to complete mile 100.

“This experience brings everything else into a sharper focus and makes me realize how much I have to be thankful for and how important it is to lend a hand, or a couple of feet, for others in need.  I am once again, this year, deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of support from everyone,” said DeMeritt.

Over the past three years, DeMeritt has raised more than $30,000 in support of DuPage PADS’ Annual Run and Walk Event by collecting one dollar from supporters for every mile he runs.

DuPage PADS is preparing for the 8th Annual Run for Home (10K & 5K Run and 5K Walk) on Sat., September 8, 2012 at 8AM, beginning at 703 W. Liberty in Wheaton.  The CARA certified course appeals to serious runners, walkers, casual joggers and families alike.

“This event is more important than ever,” said Carol Simler, Executive Director of DuPage PADS.  “We have seen a 72% increase in the number of children we serve over the last three years and we count on events like these and generous individuals and organizations to help us as we End Homelessness One Step at a Time!”

Individual runners, families, groups of friends, companies, clubs and congregations are encouraged to be a part of the race.  For more information visit www.dupagepads.org.

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