SALT LAKE CITY, UT–(Marketwire – May 16, 2012) – Ethan Bennett is running 3,289 miles across America in only 97 days; 40 miles a day, 7 days a week, to raise money for the fight against cancer. His journey is called the Run to Fight.
After losing his mother to cancer, at age 17, Bennett decided to dedicate his life to helping put a stop to the deadly disease.
“At first I used running as a way to cope with my grief,” Bennett said. “I hated running but I didn’t know what else to do. I needed an escape, so I ran away from the pain, letting a small piece of it stick to the pavement with each step.”
As time passed, Bennett began to enjoy his runs. He strove to become better and completed several marathons; determined to “make [his] mom proud.”
“I was half-way through the San Francisco Marathon when I got the idea for the Run to Fight,” Bennett said. “Sure I was making my mom proud, but I wanted to do more. I wanted my running to do for others what it had done for me. I wanted my running to help heal.”
That was when he vowed to find a way to use his newfound talent to raise money for the fight against cancer and do what few have dared try. Bennett decided to run from New York to California in one long stretch, finishing with a light cool down, the San Francisco Marathon.
Bennett began his run on April 21, 2012 and has kept a steady pace. Running 40 miles a day, 7 days a week, leaves little time for rest as Bennett races to make it in time for the San Francisco Marathon on July 29.
“I have some great family, friends and sponsors supporting me,” said Bennett. “H2O Overdrive™ is one that I actually sought out. I knew I needed the best fuel for my body possible, something that wouldn’t quit on me… When you’re running the equivalent of one and a half marathons a day, only the best of the best will cut it (laughs). Yeah, H2O Overdrive™ made the cut… big time.”
Sponsors fueling Bennett’s cross-country trek include Innovative Health Solutions LLC (IHS), who contributed an ample supply of their sports hydration beverages, H2O Overdrive™ and H2O Overdrive HYDRATE™ for the Run to Fight.
“We were so impressed by Ethan’s courage and determination,” said Randy Olshen, co-founder of IHS. “He’s got a long road ahead of him, and we’re very honored to have been given the chance to sponsor him.”
For more information about Ethan Bennett and his Run to Fight visit the H2O Overdrive™ Facebook Fan page www.facebook.com/h2ooverdrive.plus, the Run to Fight website www.runtofight.com or the Run to Fight Facebook fan page.
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