Teen Running Ultra-Marathon to Benefit Veterans

(ConservativeStar.com) – Most people are familiar with marathon races of just over 26 miles, and the majority of people might say something along the lines of “no thanks, I’ll drive.” However, Michael Ferrara, a 17-year-old from Ringoes, New Jersey, may view that as a light jog since he’s training for a run that’s just a tad bit longer.

At 8 p.m. on March 19, people looking for Ferrara will have to turn their eyes to suburban Knoxville, Tennessee, where he’ll be lining up for a 50-mile trek along the banks of Pistol Creek. According to the organizer’s website, he’ll run 5 circuits around a 10-mile loop, and athletes, whether running or walking, are given 20 hours to rack up as many miles as they can.

Young Mr. Ferrara does not do this for personal glory, but instead uses his determination to support charities through fundraising efforts with this event raising money for VetREST. This organization helps veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and partners with farming communities to give them a place to recover and be productive by raising crops to feed people.

Nor is this Ferrara’s first foray into running for a cause. In October 2020, he ran the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for Houses for Warriors, a nonprofit that assists disabled veterans. For this kid, it’s not about chump change when one considers that he raised more than $10,000 for this group.

Well done!

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