Two distance runs set for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

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Special to the Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

DESTIN — On Saturday evening some of the world’s best endurance runners will stride off onto the beach. They’ll watch the moon set, the sun rise and then set again — and they’ll still be running.

Six people will vie to break the world record for running the farthest distance in 24 hours in the sand as part of the third-annual Destin Beach Ultra Run.

About 90 more will participate in a 50-mile run on the beach Sunday.

The third-annual event is a fundraiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides full scholarships for children of Special Ops servicemen who have died in combat.

Mike Morton, the 41-year-old who holds the current American record for the 24-hour run (172.4 miles), is an Army Special Operations master sergeant stationed at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa.

The run is for a cause that hits home for him, he said.

“Having seen families who have lost their dad or husband, that’s a tragedy that they continue to deal with even after all the services are over and other people have moved on,” Morton said. “The Special Operations Warrior Foundation stays there to help them for the long term. It’s important not to forget the families that were left behind.”

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