Would You Run For 48 Straight Hours To Help Students? This Man Says Yes!

Ben Blessing and his fellow teachers from Nampa, Idaho were trying to come up with fundraising ideas. The group wanted to enhance support for students in their school district by installing two "Buddy Benches." Buddy Benches are designated playground seats for kids in need of a friend; when other students spot someone sitting on the bench, the concept goes, they will wander over and make friends with whoever is waiting there. The challenge for Ben and his crew was that these benches come at a cost.


"I have an idea," Ben said to the group, and with that he sparked an inspiring campaign to bring these Buddy Benches to Nampa schools.

As an experienced long-distance runner who has completed both marathons and ultra-marathons of 50 and 100 miles, Ben wanted to use his running ability to raise money. And he had his eye on an upcoming event that would be perfect: the Pulse Endurance Race. On Eagle Island in Idaho, competitors in the Pulse Endurance Race run around a 2.5 mile loop—for 48 straight hours! At the end of 48 hours, the person who has run the most miles wins.

"I bet that if people heard about that and knew that that's what I'm willing to do to raise some money for this really good cause, that people would be inspired by that," Ben says.

We certainly agree. We will be cheering for Ben!

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