Most Barefoot Marathons, Guinness Record

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Raised by 111 people in 27 months
Eddie Vega
for Soles 4 Souls
  RALEIGH, NC
It is said that to really understand someone, you need to walk a mile in their shoes. There are over 300 million children worldwide who do not have shoes or own adequate footwear and I intend to walk and/or run thousands of miles in their honor, BAREFOOT.

In order to raise awareness for these poor children, I will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for "Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year". To set the record, I will need to run at least 50 barefoot marathons at a distance of 26.2 miles each by December 31, 2014. As of July 3rd, I have already set a new Guinness World Record with 50 marathons completely barefooted. However, I will continue to pad this number to reach 100 barefoot marathons before the end of the year.

Please help me raise money to provide these impoverished children with valuable protection from harmful wounds and infectious diseases. Through the Soles4Souls charity program, 100% of your donation will go towards providing a pair of shoes to poor children living in the Philippines and the Pacific Islands.

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Update 5
19 months ago
I wish to thank all of my supporters from the bottom of my heart and especially to those who gave generously to make this fundraising drive a success!!! A grand total of $12,167.00 was raised in 2014 for Soles4Souls and because of your generosity, at least 12,167 children will directly benefit with a new pair of shoes. These children will now be able to live a healthier life and pursue/continue with their education.

And, just as important, millions of people who otherwise have never heard of Soles4Souls have now been made aware of the plight of the 300+ million children worldwide who do not have shoes or lack adequate footwear through my quest for world records and the publicity it generated. I am pleased to have successfully achieved the following in 2014:

1) Most barefoot marathons run on consecutive days with 10
2) Most barefoot marathons run in a year with 101
3) First and fastest to complete a barefoot marathon in all 50 Sates in one year
4) One of only 6 people to complete a marathon in all 50 States in one year
5) One of only 15 people to complete 100+ marathons in one year
6) Awarded the prestigious "GSPN Athlete of the Year" for 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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Update 4
19 months ago
With less than 3 weeks to go before the end of the Barefoot Bandito's fundraising, I am pleased to inform you that $10,146.00 has already been raised since my quest for a Guinness World Record began on 1/1/2014. This amount will provide 10,146 pairs of brand new pairs of Skechers which are slated for distribution in the provinces of Leyte and Mindanao, Philippines. The year is not yet over and my pursuit of a Guinness World Record will continue until 12/31/14 but, until then, please make a small donation to www.gofundme.com/barefootbandito. Thank you so much for your generosity especially during this holiday season of giving,
My 50th State in Tucson & 89th BF 4 Year
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Update 3
23 months ago
I am pleased to announce that on August 18 & 19, because of your generous donations to Soles4Souls, I was able to distribute 1,000 pairs of new shoes to 6 elementary schools (Santiago Elementary, Rizal Elementary, Tambis Elementary, Cambinoy Elementary, Cantandog II Elementary, and Tugas Elementary) located in the towns of Palompon, Hilongos, and Bato in Leyte, Philippines.

A huge HEARTFELT THANK YOU to Soles4Souls, Inc., Peter Cowles of Seeds of Dignity Ministries, and most especially to the generosity of all of you for making this happen.

Thank you, Maraming Salamat and Si Yuus Maase!
1,000 pairs of shoes distributed 8/18/14
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Update 2
25 months ago
As most of you know, I am on a quest to set a new Guinness World Record for "Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year". Since January 1, 2014, I have already completed 43 of the 50 that I need to become the first person to achieve this goal which I hope to do on July 2nd, 2014.

To date, I have already raised almost $7,000 from two websites. My goal is to raise $30,000 which means that I am already close to 25% of the way there.

As I am nearing my goal in setting a new Guinness World Record, I am asking for your moral support by making a small monetary donation to Soles4Souls. Your gift will make a world of difference to children living in the Philippines whom I am scheduled to distribute over 1,000 pairs of brand new Sketchers to children ages 5 to 10 years old in Palompon, Leyte, this coming August. Your donation will go a long ways towards providing shoes for those poor kids whose hometown was ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Thank you and God Bless!!!
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Carol Munyua
11 months ago

Eddie Vega, Excellent cause, what you are doing is inspiring!! Keep it up! Wishing you loads of success.

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Angie Balibay
15 months ago

Thank you for sharing your blessings with the needy children of the Philippines and the world, Sir Eddie Vega!

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Raised by 111 people in 27 months
Created April 28, 2014
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Eddie Vega, Excellent cause, what you are doing is inspiring!! Keep it up! Wishing you loads of success.

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Thank you for sharing your blessings with the needy children of the Philippines and the world, Sir Eddie Vega!

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