From World Vision:
A former Chicago church pastor plans to run across the United States at a rate of 35 miles a day for more than four months in a bid to raise $1.5 million for clean water.
Steve Spear, 49, will begin the herculean effort in Los Angeles on April 8 with an estimated arrival in New York in August — a distance of 3,243 miles.
He plans to run six or seven hours each day, five days a week. During the course of the event, he will run the equivalent distance of more than 120 marathons. Along the way, he will speak to churches and civic organizations, encouraging people to support the cause for water.
Meanwhile, Steve has quit his job as a Willow Creek Community Church pastor to devote himself to preparing for and completing the big run.
Steve says the decision to embark on the run follows a growing conviction that God was calling him to run to change lives. It’s a surprising turn of events, given that for many years he had a strong aversion to running.
“If you had told me five years ago, when I was a complete non-runner, that I would be doing something like this, I would have said you are completely out of your mind,” he says.
Things changed in 2007 when Steve was asked to join Team World Vision and run the Chicago Marathon to raise money to help millions of children and families who have no ready access to clean water.