Strider member Mike Brooks of Benton, Maine, is celebrating his 70th birthday this year by attempting to run seven marathons in seven days in seven states—all to raise funds for Camp Sunshine.
Camp Sunshine, located on Maine's Sebago Lake, is a place of retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support.
Mike will take on his "Riverboat Challenge" April 17 through April 23 starting with a marathon in Louisiana, followed by ones in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois. Those seven marathons also will bring him closer to completing his 500th marathon.
An Auburn, Maine, firefighter for 33 years, Mike's transition from an overweight, two-pack a day smoker to an ultrarunning man is incredibly inspiring! He's completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon (and kept on going another 22 miles to the summit of Mt. Whitney), 24-hour races, the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Six Day Race (320 miles completed), and the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Ten Day Race (491 miles completed). And he's raised thousands of dollars for Camp Sunshine along the way.
Mike is currently just over halfway to his goal of raising $15,000 for this worthy cause.
You can read more about Mike, his marathon challenge, and donate to the fundraiser at:
Good luck, Mike! We're rooting for you.