Fall 50 – Compassion

Update 30-Dec-2010: Videos from race day are now available!  Check out the trailer, then view the full movie!

Victory!  Team RunningHungry successfully completed the Fall 50.  Ben finished in 8 hours, 49 minutes, and 14 seconds.  The relay team finished in just over 7 hours.  Congratulations to all, and thanks to everyone for their support!

Wisconsin Half Marathon - May, 2010


Update (18-Oct-2010): Be sure to visit Ben’s Running Blog during the race, as I will be posting real-time updates and pictures from my cell phone.  The race starts at 7:00 a.m. Central Time.

After running 21 marathons and two 50-kilometer races in the past five years, I am going to take on the biggest running challenge of my life.  On October 23, 2010, I will be participating in the Fall 50 in Door County, Wisconsin.  The race covers fifty miles and is about 60% farther than any distance I have run before.  My goal is to finish in 11 hours or less, which is the race’s established time limit.

As I prepare for the race, I am raising funds for Compassion International, a charitable organization committed to child development around the world. While their focus is on child sponsorship, they have established several giving opportunities for critical needs.  Support raised by my 50-mile effort will go to the Global Food Crisis Fund to provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by rising food prices.  Compassion International is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.  All contributions are tax-deductible.  Read my thoughts on this organization in a recent post on this site.

There are a number of ways you can get involved in this effort:

  • Make a pledge.  You can choose to make a flat donation or pledge an amount per mile.  I think I can complete all 50!
  • Send a message of encouragement.  Use the guestbook page so your cheers are visible to everyone.
  • If you’re a runner, consider joining Team RunningHungry, a relay team of up to five individuals that will complete the course while I run it solo.  Each relay team member will be responsible for one or more of the ten legs of the race.  Update: The relay team is full now, but you can still come out and run a mile or two with me if you like!
  • Door County is beautiful in the fall, so plan a weekend getaway to watch the race and cheer us on.  Non-runners can also be a part of the team!

Madison Marathon - May, 2007


This is the biggest race of my life so far, and I may never run this far again.  Thanks for your support!

Read more about my running efforts, including recent races, at Ben’s Running Log.

In April, 2008, I ran a fifty-kilometer race in Chicago and raised over $1,300 for World Vision. Details on this endeavor can be found at the archived RunningHungry.org site.