HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a quest some would call crazy, run 50 marathons in 50 states in a little more than just two years. For Scott Sunday he will do just that when he crosses the finish line at the 2014 Honolulu Marathon.
So why would someone run 1,310 miles? Not for himself, the Georgia native is running to honor America's fallen heroes.
Sunday, who has already completed marathons in 49 states, hopes to raise awareness to the needs of the families of the fallen and raise more than $3,000.
"The journey was made even more meaningful when I teamed up with the nonprofit organization Hope For The Warriors to help raise funds and awareness for all of our nation's wounded and fallen and the Gold Star Families left behind," said Sunday. "Running to honor the fallen has given true meaning to the running."
Hope for the Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families. "Scott's dedication to not only raise funds, but more importantly, awareness for our service members and military families is a testament to his love and appreciation for his fellow service members and many of the families they often leave behind," said Robin Kelleher, President of Hope For The Warriors.
The retired Chief Warrant Officer served 23 years in the Army and began his mission to run 50 marathons on March 18, 2012 as a tribute to his fallen friend, Chief Warrant Officer Alexander "Scott" Coulter as well as Fallen Heroes Marine SSGT Javier Ortiz Rivera and Army SPC Brenden Salazar-Nelson.
The 42nd Honolulu Marathon is Sunday, December 14, 2014. "Running in Honolulu seems surreal, it's hard to imagine this chapter of the journey to honor the fallen coming to a close; however, the journey will continue as the heroes will Never be Forgotten."
More information about Scott Sunday can be found on his Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/RunningToHonorHeroes?hc_location=timeline and www.hopeforthewarriors.org.
"It's humbling to realize what started as single marathon to honor my friend has become a journey to honor not only him but numerous other heroes as well," said Sunday. "As inspiring and rewarding as it's been to run to honor the fallen, the real reward has been running as a member of Hope For The Warriors to help raise funds and awareness for our Nation's wounded and the families of the fallen."