Two distance runs set for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

The runners have already raised about $35,000 through pledges and fundraising drives. Race Director Zane Holscher said he hopes the event can raise at least $5,000 more.

Holscher, a Special Operations airman who served at Hurlburt Field for five years, said he started the 50-mile race to raise money for the Warrior Fund, a cause he has supported since two fellow Air Force Academy graduates were killed in Iraq in 2005.

He met later with the widow and child of one of the airmen and saw first-hand the importance of providing for fallen comrades’ families.

Even though his service has taken him to another location, Holscher continues to return to Destin to organize the event. It’s grown exponentially over the years; in 2011, only 18 people finished the 50-mile race.

The 24-hour record attempt is a new addition. They’ve set up the run with painstaking detail so it should qualify as an official Guinness Book of World Records attempt, Holscher said.

The contenders will run up and down a one-mile stretch of beach in front of Tops’l Beach Resort in Miramar Beach.

The record for running on sand for 24 hours is 83.04 miles. The longest known run, unofficially, is 94.08 miles.

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