On Saturday, July 14, 2012, Six-time Ironman Triathlete and ultrarunner Lamar Sepulveda will attempt to break the world record for miles run on a treadmill in 12 hours.
Why? Well, for one, he's turning 55 the day before and this is how ultra-marathoners and Ironman triathletes celebrate.
But more importantly, Lamar and his wife Rosalind are the brains, legs, lungs and huge hearts behind the Pay It Forward Challenge which uses endurance sports to raise funds and awareness for charities and to inspire others to do so. In 2008, Lamar completed a 611-mile solo state-to-state swim-bike-run from Venice Beach, CA to Phoenix, AZ, raising $15,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Cancer Institute where his son had been a leukemia patient.
Learn more about Lamar and his motivation for the "Treadmill Challenge" in this clip...
And now, they're doing their part to raise funds and awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a nonprofit organization that helps people with physical disabilities pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF grantees include people born with physical disabilities and people who have become disabled through illness, accident or armed forces or first responder injuries. Many CAF-supported athletes will compete in the Paralympic Games this summer in London.
The current world record for most miles run on a treadmill in 12 hours is 58.05 miles. Sepulveda will attempt to run a minimum of 58.1 miles or more on a state-of-the-art SK treadmill provided by BH Fitness.
And best of all, you can watch Lamar's attempt right here on SportsandSocialChange.org!
We will be streaming the event LIVE on Saturday July 14th from 8am - 8pm PST. There will also be a link to donate directly to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and we encourage anyone out there who is inspired by Lamar's efforts to support this amazing organization.
A world record in the making, for a great cause. How are you celebrating your birthday this year?
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