I'm an ultra marathon runner working to expand education access.
I'm Running 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents to help students overcome the financial barriers to college!
The World Marathon Challenge powered by Wentworth
I've run 250km across the Gobi Desert and 200km through Malaysia's jungle but my next adventure - The World Marathon Challenge - will be the toughest yet.
Beyond coordinating myriad logistics (including 23,000+ miles of air travel), running 7 marathons back-to-back will be a grueling physical and mental test -- from battling sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue to managing blisters, chafing, dehydration, shin splints and muscle cramps.
Only 104 people have ever completed the World Marathon Challenge - compared to 562 who have traveled to outer space or 4,000+ who have climbed Mt. Everest.
I'm already hard at work training my strength and stamina so I'll be ready to run the first marathon in Antarctica's sub-zero temperatures on January 31, 2019 and finish strong in Miami six days later!
The Moneythink Mission
Moneythink is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to breaking down the financial barriers to college for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our innovative text-based financial coaching model helps low-income students navigate the college application process. So far, we've helped over 15,000 students in 30 cities.
The results have been life-changing and, with your help, we're just getting started!
Why This Challenge? Why Moneythink?
I believe the only limits that matter are those we place upon ourselves. Tackling a big challenge teaches us that obstacles are opportunities to become a stronger version of ourselves. I'm aiming to run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents to inspire students across the country to dream bigger and keep working hard to make it happen.
I was only able to attend my dream schools, UChicago and Cambridge, with the help of scholarships. I'm on a mission to pay it forward. I've served as a volunteer mentor and leader with Moneythink for 10 years and it's been incredible to see our team grow to a national network of young people seeking to create fair access to college.
How Can I Give?
Donate using this GoFundMe page! Every penny raised goes to support Moneythink's life-changing impact.
You can also donate using Moneythink's website or by mailing a check to Moneythink HQ:
1452 E 53rd St.
Chicago, IL 60615
Moneythink website: https://moneythink.org/give/
Special thanks to Wentworth whose sponsorship is helping me #TakeTheLeap and making the World Marathon Challenge possible! Learn more here: https://wentworthms.com/
You can follow behind-the-scenes on my training via Instagram: GregRunsFar
Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom :-)
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