Man Running 100 Marathons In 100 Days in Flag this Weekend

Daren Wendell

Daren Wendell is running a marathon every day for 100 days to raise money for Lifewater International’s Ethiopia Project. (Lifewater International)

Michigan man to run a marathon every day for 100 days to raise money for Lifewater International’s Ethiopia Project, which will provide safe drinking water to more than 30,000 people.

Daren Wendell is camping at KOA campgrounds as he makes his way across the country. He is heading eastbound along Interstate 40 and will arrive in Flagstaff this weekend. Daren is welcoming Northern Arizona runners to join him.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Jan. 15, 2015 — This is the month when people across the country make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and get themselves into better shape.

But they’ll have a tough time matching Daren Wendell. The 33-year-old long distance runner from Kalamazoo, Mich., who kicked off 2015 by running a marathon a day for 100 consecutive days.

He started at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. and is now eastbound on I-40 and expects to arrive in Flagstaff this weekend, where he will be staying at the KOA campground.

“I am welcoming people to run with me as I make this journey,” Wendell said, adding that he expects to finish on April 10 in Times Square in New York City.

Wendell isn’t running 26 miles a day for 14 weeks to get in shape. He is doing it as a fundraising effort to raise donations for Lifewater International, a Christian non-profit organization that has provided clean drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education to more than 1.5 million impoverished people in 50 countries.

Wendell is running specifically to raise money for a Lifewater project in the Borena region of southeastern Ethiopia, where 22 percent of children under 5 perish due to diseases caused by unsafe drinking water, a lack of sanitation facilities and poor hygiene.

“Running is spiritual experience for me,” Wendell said, adding that every fundraising mile he runs will help Lifewater build new drinking water and sanitation facilities and work with local groups to provide health and hygiene information, all of which will benefit more than 30,000 Ethiopians.

Wendell also hopes to generate increased awareness of Lifewater, which has ongoing water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in Uganda, Bangladesh, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and other impoverished regions throughout the world.

“I invite people to run with me,” Wendell said.

Daren Wendell

Daren Wendell is heading eastbound along Interstate 40 and will arrive in Flagstaff this weekend. Daren is welcoming Northern Arizona runners to join him. (Lifewater International)

His route, which is posted on www.rundarenrun.com, begins January 1 at Santa Monica Pier and goes across the high desert through Flagstaff, Ariz., following old Route 66, before heading northeast toward New York City.

While Wendell is likely to encounter snow and subfreezing temperatures, he said he is used to running in snow and inclement weather, having spent much of his life in the Upper Midwest.

Wendell co-founded an organization called Active Water six years ago, which raises funds for water projects. His company recently partnered with Lifewater and Wendell now oversees Lifewater’s fundraising division.

For more information about Wendell’s run across America and about Lifewater, please visit their respective websites at www.RunDarenRun.com and www.Lifewater.org.

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