With restrictions still quite loose in North America compared to Europe, Canadians and Americans can still go outside, meaning training runs are still allowed. American ultrarunner David Kilgore took advantage of this freedom on Friday and ran 100 miles on his own in Palm Bay, Fla., to make up for the cancelled races he’s going to miss this season. Kilgore’s efforts weren’t all for himself, though, as he used the opportunity to raise money for small businesses and healthcare workers in New York City.
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I'm on a mission to give back to the city during this tough time and also challenge myself. On Friday 3/27 I will be running 100 miles back in my hometown of Palm Bay, Florida. After facing the tough fact that most of my races were canceled due to COVID-19, I wanted a new way to push my limits. I am running to raise awareness and donations for the communities needing it most. Your donations will contribute to Gift Cards that I will be purchasing from struggling NYC run specialty stores. Stores that I typically work with on a daily basis. Those Gift Cards will then be donated to (NYC Health + Hospitals ) to provide front line medical workers supportive footwear while they are working long days keeping my city healthy. I encourage everyone to donate (Link in Bio) and run virtually with me through your Instagram Stories and on Instagram live. Be sure to tag me (@davidkilgore ), @on_running , and #AthletesAdapt . If you are able to run, be sure to do so responsibly and keep your distance from others. If you are not able to get outside and run at this time, do what you can to stay active and healthy. The run will start at 4 AM EST. Thanks all and see you out there!
Kilgore is an On Running ambassador who lives and trains in New York City. In an Instagram post explaining his 100-mile charity run, he explained that the money he raised would be spent on gift cards at “run specialty stores” in New York City.
These are “stores that I typically work with on a daily basis,” Kilgore wrote. He will donate those gift cards to New York City healthcare employees working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 outbreak. Kilgore set up a GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of $10,000. As of Sunday morning, he’s raised over $12,000.
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Yesterday was nothing short of amazing. In this time of adversity we were all able to come together with each other and hopefully also have a bit of fun! I can’t explain how grateful I am for all the support from all around the Globe and couldn’t of got there without everyone. Especially couldn’t have got there with out the help of the crew: @mollymetivier, @brenden.jpeg , and my Mom. In the midst of all this we were able to raise over $11,000 for local running retail shops and will gift the that time medical front line staff in NYC. The gofundme page will be live and in my bio until next week, so please continue to donate. People are the most important, it’s what’s life’s all about. We will come out of this stronger and more connected with one another. Let’s keep pushing the limits, supporting one another, and chasing our impossible. Keep ripping and all the love ❤️ @brenden.jpeg :📸
Kilgore started the run (which he called the COVID 100 on Strava) on Friday morning at 4 a.m. EDT. He ran 100 miles on the dot, crossing the makeshift finish line in 15:30:37. This works out to an average pace of 5:47 per kilometre over the course of the full 100-mile run. It was 28 C in Palm Bay on Friday, which can be hot enough for a 5K, let alone a 100-miler, making Kilgore’s run all the more impressive.
These long distances are nothing new to Kilgore, who has competed in many ultramarathons and in 2019 represented the U.S. at the Trail World Championships in Portugal. His GoFundMe page is still active and remains open for donations.