Aug. 9, 2012
The current world record for a 1,000-mile relay stands at 99 hours, three minutes, and 27 seconds. A group of runners will attempt to break that record later this month to honor a fallen student-athlete and raise money for a good cause.
The Kevin Dare Foundation is organizing the "Life...Back on Track" Relay, which will start at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse at 12 p.m. on August 27 and end in State College, Pa. the evening of August 31.
The foundation takes its name from former Penn State track and field athlete Kevin Dare, who died tragically in a pole vaulting accident during the 2002 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis.
All donations to the relay will benefit the foundation's “Life…Back on Track” scholarship program. Established in Dare’s memory, the program helps fund the future college education of high school student-athletes who have suffered a debilitating injury or illness.
The official start line for the 1,000-mile record attempt will be near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, but the organizers chose to first meet at the Fieldhouse where Dare last competed. A collection of Minnesota and Penn State alumni, among others, will cover the miles between Minneapolis and the official start line.
To donate or learn more about the Kevin Dare Foundation and the “Life…Back on Track” Relay, please visit lifebackontrack.com.