Ultrarunner Marc Krejci Commences World Record Run to Raise Funds for Charity

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In May of 2011 Marc Krejci will be the first person in history to run the entire 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway extending from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN in order to raise money and awareness for a non-profit organization called First Generation.

May 21 will be tagged a “red letter day” for Marc Krejci, who’s embarking on a journey to be the first person in history to run the entire 444 mile Natchez Trace Parkway on foot to raise money and awareness for First Generation, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to eradicate global poverty and injustice.

“This event will be the first of its kind… it has never been attempted by anyone before. I’ll be recording and publishing a video podcast of the journey that people can subscribe to and follow along in the adventure.” said Marc.

First Generation is a new platform designed to educate and equip individuals and organisations to put an end to global poverty and injustice. The name is inspired by a quote from U2 frontman, Bono:

"It's an amazing thing to think that ours is the FIRST GENERATION in history that can really put an end to injustice and extreme poverty. We let our own pathetic excuses about how it's ‘difficult’ justify our own inaction. Be honest. We have the science, the technology, and the wealth.”

At the turn of the 19th century, the Old Trace was the most significant highway of the Southwest and one of the more important roads in the nation. Today, the Parkway is the seventh most visited unit in the National Park System with 13.9 million total visitors in 2008 alone. It is extremely popular among RV campers and touring bicyclists. To date, nobody has yet run the entire length on foot.

Marc is determined to be the first person to do so. He has designed this fundraising run that will be carried out over the coming weeks, beginning at Natchez, MS and ending at the world-famous Loveless Café in Nashville, TN late July or early August. The final five miles will incorporate an open community run, coordinated with local running organisations on the Parkway.

To collect public donations for First Generation, he has come up with a unique fundraising approach: Each of the 444 miles of the event are being sold to a single individual or organisation for sponsorship. There may only be one sponsor per mile, and prices start at one dollar for the first mile and go up one dollar from there. So, mile 1 = $1, mile 2 = $2, mile 50 = $50, mile 444 = $444, etc. If every single mile of the event is sponsored in this fashion, the event would collect just shy of $100,000 donated to the non-profit First Generation.

“The plan behind this run,” explained Marc, “is, beginning next spring, to turn this one-time event into an annual relay race along the Trace whereby runners would join together in teams to complete the course.” Freeman Enterprises, coordinators of the Nashville Ultra Marathon, are providing event logistics.

To learn more about this historical fundraising run, further details can be found on the website, http://racethetrace.com.

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