FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Geneva Hampton
Gina Marchese Pharis
Mississippi Native To Run Little Rock Marathon Course Tomorrow Morning
His 47th Marathon in 47 Days Raising Money and Awareness To Keep The
Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast Going In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
WHO: Sam Thompson, Run For Hope
Gina Pharis, Little Rock Marathon Race Director
WHAT: Avid Ultra Marathoner to run Little Rock Marathon course.
His 47th marathon in 47 days, in 47 states.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 6 am
anticipated finish 9:30 to 10:00 am
WHERE: Little Rock Marathon Start Line
Capital and Cross Streets
To raise both awareness of the devastation that still remains along the
Mississippi Gulf Coast left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and funds in
order to continue the work of rebuilding homes and lives in the area. To
run fifty marathons (26.2 miles) in all fifty states in fifty consecutive
days. These will all be timed, certified marathon courses, though most
will not be run on the actual marathon race day. Sam began in Colorado on
July 1 and will finish running August 19, 2006 on the Mississippi Coast.
Sam Thompson, an avid ultra marathoner and a Mississippi native, has been
in the small town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi since the day after
Hurricane Katrina came ashore on August 29, 2005. He established what
began as a small relief effort operating in the First Presbyterian Church,
and has since blossomed into what is now an operation employing on average
more than 100 volunteers daily. This operation serves mainly the Bay St.
Louis/Waveland area, and strives to aid those most in need, though the need
is so great for all. After completing a run of the entire Appalachian
Trail (over 2,000 miles) about two years ago, Sam had the idea and
compulsion to run 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. Because of the
idea's idyllic touching of people both on the local and national level, it
seemed the perfect voyage to reawaken the nation to the struggles that
still remain on the Gulf Coast.
Day of contact:
Kirsten Sellereit, 206-550-1610
For more information, visit www.50in50in50.com.
Photo opportunities and interviews are available.