There really is no reason to set an 11:30pm alarm to start your day. Some might if they have a night shift or want to witness the countdown for the new year. Maybe its when your ultramarathon begins. Well on October 27th, a painful 11:30pm alarm will wake up one man, in particular, James Leitner. This alarm will signal the begin of a long, wet, painful October 28th as he gets to his own start line to begin running 100 miles in 24 hours alone. Better to read his words directly.
"My alarm will go off at 11:30pm. I will eat a wholesome breakfast of oatmeal, granola, and a banana on my way to Tamaques Park in Westfield, NJ. My car will be parked with enough cold weather gear to hike the Himalayas and enough food to feed an army. At midnight, Oct 28th, I will begin my 4.5 mph pace of jogging and walking 125 loops of the .8 mile running track. Each hour consuming 20 ounces of water and 300 calories.
There will be no avoiding the mental and physical strains my body will be going through. There will be no avoiding the ran and being in wet clothes and shoes for hours. Everything is going to hurt, my mind is going to want me to quit, but all I can do is keep moving forward. Each mile will help children and women gain access to clean drinking water. That is all I want in the world."
The more people that visit him, the better he will do. To join him, visit the makeshift aid station set up in front of a Mazda 3 in the main parking lot by the tennis courts.
To donate towards his run, visit www.MissionCleanWater.org/donate.