Entrepreneur Running Barefoot Across the U.S.

And I thought Eddie Izzard’s recent run around the U.K. was crazy! Now comes a story out of Altoona that Tellman Knudson, an entrepreneur and Internet marketer, is running barefoot across the U.S. The New York to California jaunt is an effort to raise $100 million for homeless youth.

During Knudson’s stop in Altoona, he caught up with the Altoona Mirror’s Amanda Clegg. Mirror notes that the 32-year-old Knudson began his barefoot journey in Battery Park, New York, Sept. 9, and will end it at the Santa Monica Pier in California. Perhaps the biggest goal is to complete the run in 99 days. [Read more…]

No Kidding! Comedian Eddie Izzard Completes Charity Run Around United Kingdom

Is anybody up for a nice brisk run around the United Kingdom? The entire U.K.? Officials at U.K.-based charity Sport Relief initially thought such an idea was crazy, but comedian Eddie Izzard wasn’t joking. I can almost hear the more serious tone of Izzard affirming his plan, “I said 1100 miles. I will try to run 30 miles a day for 6 days a week. It will probably take 7 weeks.” After that meeting in late July, Izzard embarked on the Sport Relief: Rise to the Challenge charity run. Go stride-for-stride with Izzard on his blog. While run itself is arguably crazy, the cause is great. When Izzard reached his London destination, the effort had raised over 200,00 pounds. The money will fund projects across the U.K., Africa and throughout some of the world’s poorest countries. Sport Relief tackles a wide variety of problems that poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable people face. Thanks for the run Eddie. Now enjoy your rest!

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

Florida Gators

College champ Tim Tebow is at the top of this week’s news bytes. Tebow got a little clarification from the NCAA this week. The ’07 Heisman winner gets to continue his evangelism efforts, which is good, because apparently it’s the main reason he’s returning to the Gators next season. After the jump, we’ve got bytes on celebrity voicemails and an interesting rivalry brewing between Purdue and Michigan State.

Tim Tebow: In Palm Beach, Ben Volin reported that the NCAA granted University of Florida QB Tim Tebow “permission to help raise funds for his family’s evangelical operation.”

Tebow’s father runs the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association as well as Uncle Dick’s Home, an orphanage that is a separate financial entity of the association. Tim Tebow said last week that “the ability to raise funds for his evangelism … is what propelled him to return to Gainesville for one more season.” [Read more…]

News & Notes: Run for a Reason at Houston Marathon; Saints’ Winter Charity Game

Run for a Reason: In Houston, Roberta MacInnis profiled this Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason charity program. MacInnis: “You don’t have to organize your own fundraising effort; you can simply contribute to one of the more than 40 sponsored organizations, either on your own by giving to a running buddy who’s already enrolled in the program” (Roberta MacInnis, Houston Chronicle, 1/14). Read the entire note from Houston Chronicle. Image note: The American Liver Association is a sponsoring organization.

Oddball? The CP reported that the the independent St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team “announced its latest oddball promotion” yesterday. A five-inning charity game will pit current and past Saints players against a collection of celebrities on February 28 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Admission “won’t be charged, and proceeds from concession stands will be donated to” local food shelf Second Harvest Heartland. Donations from fans “are encouraged” (CP, 1/14).

The Force: Fourteen-time NHRA champion John Force will be the guest speaker at the fourth annual Speedway Children’s Charities Mel Larson Night of Champions Dinner on April 1 in Las Vegas. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (Speedway Charities).

Charity Stripe: In Texas, Corey Roepken writes that League City, Texas, will host the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for the tenth year on January 24. This event “is held throughout the country,” and last year “more than 180,000 kids participated in more than 3,000 local competitions” (Corey Roepken, Galveston Daily News, 1/15). Read the entire article from Galveston Daily News.

Top Canadian Runners Taking Mount Royal With Others for Charity

The Montreal Gazette reports that some of Canada’s top runners are running up Mount Royal today, and “you can run alongside some of those icons … and raise money” for the Sun Youth Organization. The event “is being billed as” the Legends of Our Sport. Participants “can walk 2.5 kilometres or run five kilometres up to the summit of the mountain in pretty impressive company.” Participants “are asked to make a $10 donation,” with all proceeds going to Sun Youth.

On the Run Top runners include Cindy New, a two-time Montreal Marathon winner, Jacqueline Gareau, the only Canadian woman to win the Boston Marathon, and twin sisters Patricia and Sylviane Puntous, both triathlon champions. Also taking part are Guillaume Leblanc, a 1992 Olympic silver medallist in speed walking; Alain Bordeleau, a marathon runner and member of the Canadian team at the 1984 Olympics; Richard Chouinard, an elite distance runner in the 1970s; and Dawson College dean Barbara Freedman, who has run three 100-kilometre events (Montreal Gazette, 10/15).