Have you ever thought what it would be like to run across the country? Do you like to hear about amazing running stories? This week we have someone with an amazing running story who is doing just that…
Listen in to hear how Shan runs across America to end hunger during COVID.
Shan Riggs is a competitive ultra marathon runner and is running across the country to raise awareness for food insecurity in America.
This week, we catch up with Shan ⅔ of the way through his journey and he is going to tell us why he decided to take on this challenge and share some of the stories he has had along the way running across America! Below we learn about the why, the cause and the team taking on this feat!
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In this episode we discuss the following and so much more –
Are you wondering why Shan decided to do this? He shares with us how his decision to run across the country came to be…
Shan shared with us that “For over 14 years, since I started running ultramarathons, I’ve always dreamed of running across the country. I’ve completed dozens, plus a few expeditions that took up to seven days, but I never thought I’d find time for something as big as this. Like millions of others, due to Covid, I found myself in a transition point in life and thought, “if not now, when?” So, we’re doing it! Most importantly, we’re doing it for a great cause.” Click here to follow Shan’s journey.
The cause for why Shan is running is incredibly important, especially now while we’re still in the midst of COVID.
Founded in 1982 and a member of the national organization Feeding America, Foodshare is the regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 118,000 people struggle with hunger. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare maximizes access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. And, because hunger is more than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger. Click here to donate and support the cause.
Shan & Callie taking the journey of a lifetime! Marketing professionals by day. Ultramarathon runners by night. And, sometimes really early in the morning or overnight. Intrigued? Click here to read our stories and hear what we’re all about.
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If you’d like to find out more about the run or support Shan please visit https://www.shanrunsacrossamerica.com
I hope that you enjoy this week’s amazing story & feel inspired to check out more of Shan’s journey!
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