Money miler

Teacher running across U.S. to benefit cancer research

Imagine running 20 miles, a total that's only six miles less than a standard marathon. Now imagine running that distance every day, for six consecutive months.

Sounds tiring, right?

That's the Forrest Gump-like challenge Connecticut high school teacher Christian McEvoy, a 23-year-old man who was recently in Craig, has placed on himself. McEvoy is 1,000 miles into a 3,500-mile run designed to raise money and awareness for cancer.

"It's tough," said McEvoy, a 2004 graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut and a former Division I swimmer. "The terrain here in Colorado has been tough because I'm not used to it. But, I've got a great crew behind me making it possible."

McEvoy's "Coast to Coast: A Run for Survivorship" began July 1 in San Francisco and will conclude on about Dec. 14 in Narragansett, R.I. He has raised $115,000 of his $1 million goal.

McEvoy came up with the idea for the run after a friend's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He said he felt a calling to help the plight of cancer survivors.

"This is what I can do to help," he said.

"When you say 3,500 miles, that makes people turn their heads. Once you get someone's head to turn, you can tell them that 3,500 miles is nothing compared to the 10 million Americans who live with cancer or the effects of cancer every day."

McEvoy's challenge finds him on the road running three to five hours per day. He said he's trying to get past the plains states before the weather starts getting cold.

McEvoy was set to arrive in Steamboat Springs today and from there, travel to Denver.

He is accompanied by a traveling team, including documentary filmmakers. Their film will document the stories of people across the country with different stages of cancer.

Money raised through McEvoy's run will primarily benefit the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Conn.

Leslie Estelle, a team coordinator, said local businesses were very generous with services during the team's Craig stay. Local restaurants and hotels donated meals and rooms, she said.

"We wouldn't last long on the road if it weren't for businesses like these," Estelle said.

To track the coast-to-coast run, or to donate money for cancer survivorship programs, visit www.coasttocoastrun.org.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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