Athlete Conducts Record-Breaking 30-Hour Marathon Workout to Raise Funds and Awareness for the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA)

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Trainer Lance Darling Pursues Extraordinary Athletic Feats in the Name of Children Who are Affected by ITP Bleeding Disorders; A Two-Day Fitness Fundraiser on September 16 & 17 to Benefit PDSA and Children with ITP

WHAT:    Athlete and trainer, Lance Darling, will conduct a record-breaking 30-hour marathon workout to raise funds and awareness for the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA). Lance will be running 52.4 miles and lifting 24,000 reps with no sleep for 30 hours straight. The fundraising goal for this effort is $50,000.

WHERE/WHEN:    The schedule for Lance’s 30-hour workout:

  •     Friday, September 16, at Noon at Loch Lloyd Health Club – The clock starts on Lance’s 30-hour workout
  •     Saturday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at Loch Lloyd Health Club – Lance crosses finish line
  •     All of Lance’s 30-hour workout will be conducted within the gates of Loch Lloyd. Beginning at Noon on Friday, every hour will be the same until ending at 6 p.m. on Saturday: The first 35-minutes of every hour Lance will do 800 reps of lifting inside the Loch Lloyd Health Club gym. He will then go outside and run 1.75 miles. This will leave Lance approximately five to six minutes at the end of each hour to eat, hydrate, change clothes and visit the restroom. This will give Lance the total of 24,000 reps and 52.4 miles/double marathon. The start and end of each run will be in front of the Health Club.

WHY:    Explanation from Lance Darling: “In November 2008, I met Jacob Bamesberger, a high energy always-happy kid I couldn't help but love. Several months after meeting Jacob, his father Brian, told me that Jacob had chronic ITP, an auto-immune bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets necessary for normal blood clotting. As a personal trainer, I train both Brian and Jacob. Jacob has always worked hard and I knew he played sports, but found he couldn't play contact sports like football because of his ITP. As an athlete and trainer, it's hard for me to imagine a child not being able to play any sport they desire and to have to worry about bumps and bruises, instead of running and playing like most kids. Inspired by Jacob's daily struggles with ITP and working with his parents, Brian and Kenda, I will be helping to raise funds for PDSA in the fight against ITP. People have asked me how I get through a 30-hour workout, but this is nothing compared to the children who live with ITP and other related auto-immune disorders.”

HOW:    Businesses and individuals can help find a cure for ITP by becoming a sponsor of this event, attending the Kickoff Party or Main Event (outlined below) or by making a donation to:

MORE:    Join Lance in his fight against ITP by participating in the following events:

  •     Friday, September 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. – Kickoff Party (Ticket available online for $75, which includes food beverages, silent and live auction and entertainment)
  •     Saturday, September 17:

o    8 a.m. – 5K Fun Run
o    1 to 3 p.m. – Hole-in-One Contest
o    5 to 8 p.m. – After party with BBQ, kids carnival games, caricatures and face painting

TRAINING:    Training for Lance Darling began March 15th and will go in to September. Mileage and reps have increased every 15 days. Lance takes every 12th day off, giving him two days a month for rest. By the end of August – which will be the peak of training – he will be running 50 miles a week and lifting 8,100 reps every other day. During the event itself, there will be a team of health care professionals (two doctors and two nurses), who will be volunteering their time to monitor Lance’s workout.

ABOUT:    The Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with immune thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) and other platelet disorders through education, advocacy, and research. For many ITP patients and their families this disease is a roller coaster ride of emotions, including feeling of helplessness, anxiety, fear, and depression. ITP can have a huge impact on the day-to-day physical and psychological aspects of a person’s life. For more information, visit

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