Across the Country in 100 Days

Daren Wendell first realized how daunting his lofty goal appeared just five days and more than 100 miles into his long running journey. “I looked at the map on the back of my trailer, and I had moved like [an inch],” said Wendell, 33, of Canton, Ohio. “I was like, ‘Ohhh nooo.’”


He might not have been in a "New York State of Mind" on April 10, but Daren Wendell had a lot of emotions going through his mind that day. The 1999 graduate of Canton South High School ran across a finish line in Times Square in New York City. It ended his cross country trek of running a little more than 100 marathons in 100 days from California to New York.

Man running 100 marathons in 100 days runs through Morris

Daren Wendell jogged into the McDonald's on Route 46 in Rockaway at about 11 a.m. Thursday to load up on calories for the second half of his marathon, his 99th in as many days.

Modern day Forrest Gump runs across the country in 100 days, finishing in Times Square on Friday

This runner has got Forrest Gump-tion. A Michigan man running 100 ultramarathons in 100 days will finish his amazing feat in Times Square on Friday — that is, if his battered feet can get him there. “I’ve lost three toenails, and I probably have two more on the way out,” laughs Daren Wendell, 33, speaking from eastern Pennsylvania, where he was just recovering Tuesday after his 97th consecutive 29-mile run — a 5K farther than a marathon’s requisite 26.2 miles.

Man running 100 marathons comes through midstate

CARLISLE, Pa. -- A man planning to run 100 marathons in 100 days made his way through the midstate on Saturday. Daren Wendell, a 33-year-old, is running to raise money for clean drinking water for children in Ethiopia. Wendell started his run in Santa Monica, California and is close to finishing. Wendell has already surpassed his original goal of raising $100,000.

What It's Like to Run 100 Marathons in 100 Days

Daren Wendell, a 33 year-old endurance athlete from Michigan, is running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise $100,000 for clean water in Ethiopia. He started in Santa Monica and is now about two weeks away from the finish line: New York's Times Square. As of mile 2,250, just outside of Cambridge, Ohio, we checked in to ask, how's it going? "It all depends on when you ask me," he says. "One day, it's sunny outside, and it's really exciting. The next day, it's 40 degrees and raining, and I'd say this is probably one of the most miserable days on the run."

A marathon run for clean water

An Ohio man’s marathon run across the United States to raise money to provide safe drinking water for people living in a region of Ethiopia took him through Washington County Saturday.

Runner on cross-country fundraiser coming to Carlisle April 3-4

Next weekend, a runner traversing the U.S. for the cause of providing clean water across the globe will make his way through Carlisle. Daren Wendell, of Canton, Ohio, started Run Daren Run on Jan. 1 in Santa Monica, California. The 3,000-mile cross-country mission benefits Activewater, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing “water, help and hope,” as Wendell described it.

Marathoner raises money for safe drinking water

PLAINFIELD — An Ohio man and former Kingsway Christian Church employee is running across America to raise $100,000 for Activewater, an organization he co-founded that provides safe drinking water to communities across Ethiopia.

Cross-country run? Sure, if it can bring clean water to Africa

For one man, U.S. 40 is not just a road that connects one end of Indiana to another; it's a pathway to clean water for people living in Africa.


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