Ultra Marathoner Will Run Grueling Brazilian Race to Raise Money for Taiwanese Children’s Charity

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American born long distance runner takes on challenging mountain course of the Brazil 135 as a fundraiser for Light up a Life, a children’s charity benefiting orphans and poor children.

Mike DeNoma is taking on a unique children’s charity fundraiser this month. On January 20, 2012, he and 75 other ultra marathoners will attempt to run 135 miles over two days across the mountains of Brazil in one of the most demanding footraces in the world. DeNoma is running to raise funds for Light up a Life, a Taiwanese children’s charity that helps underprivileged children and orphans. To sponsor Mike DeNoma's run for the Orphans, or to visit his blog please go to http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/mikedenoma

DeNoma, a 55 year old father of six, is a practiced long-distance and endurance runner. But, the Brazil 135 pushes even the most experienced endurance runner to the brink.

It takes place on the Mantiqueira Mountains, part of the Andes Cordillera. From beginning to end, the course takes runners along a 33,000 ft climb and a 29,000 ft descent. Running the Brazil 135 takes runners along a course equivalent to a full ascent and descent of Mount Everest. The course part of Caminho da Fé (Path of Faith or Way of Faith), a path for pilgrims to experience moments of reflection on faith, the integration of man and nature with religion, and confront runners to find the faith to overcome seemingly insurmountable personal challenges. Runners of Brazil 135 must complete the course in the maximum allowable time of 48 hours.

Follow the link below to the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon website where you can follow Mike’s progress through his children’s charity fundraiser live starting January 20 http://www.brazil135.com.br/corredores/index.html

About Light up a Life Charity
Light up a Life is a children’s charity established in 1985 by Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Taipei, Taiwan. Since its inception in 1985, Light up a Life has raised over US$30 million. These funds have been distributed to over 35 charitable organizations and have benefited at least 210,000 children. “We can't help them all, but all of us can help a few. That's all any of us can do,” said DeNoma.

Contact Information: Debby MacFarlane
debbymacfarlane(at)gmail(dot)com
+416 605 1316

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