April 22, 2010 ultramarathon runner and father of two, Greg Bomhoff took to the Franklin School track "on a mission". He would run 128.75 miles in 24 hours and the Go The Distance event would bring in over $25,000 to support and raise awareness for school health and fitness programs in jeopardy of being eliminated due to budget cuts. Mission Accomplished!
In these tough economic times where school programs are being cut to meet budget constraints, the families of Franklin School have taken it upon themselves to see that the efforts and the programs that have been implemented to promote the health and fitness of our kids will have the funding needed to continue. More than just a fund raiser, this is a statement and a commitment to health and well being of our children.
On the morning of April 22nd, as the students, local media and event supporters assembled at the track’s edge, Greg took the first of nearly a quarter of a million strides. Throughout the day the students had a first hand look and valuable lesson in perseverance and determination. When the sun rose the following day the kids returned to see Greg still circling the track and witnessed him exceeding his goal of 125 miles in 24-hours. Greg literally did Go the Distance for these kids.
The students were involved in Go the Distance from beginning to end. This event brought in local celebrity guest speakers to educate the kids on the importance of health and fitness. After school hours the track took on a festive atmosphere and brought the Franklin families, community partners and media back out to run with Greg while competing in the Franklin 5k Fun Run.
Go the Distance generated a dynamic partnership of corporations, local businesses, media, community outreach programs together with the supportive staff and generous families of Franklin School. On April 22nd a community came together as one and realized what is possible.