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Anytime Fitness, A Special Wish Cleveland team for 24 in 24 Challenge this weekend

August 24, 2018 GMT

Anytime Fitness, A Special Wish Cleveland team for 24 in 24 Challenge this weekend

EASTLAKE, Ohio -- Could you run 24 miles in 24 hours?

Well, there are 160 local runners who will attempt to do just that Saturday at Classic Park in Eastlake, the home of the Lake County Captains minor league baseball team.

The challenge, started by those at Anytime Fitness in 2014, goes as follows.

Beginning Saturday at noon, these runners will attempt to run one mile per hour for 24 consecutive hours to raise funds for A Special Wish Cleveland and children battling life threatening illnesses.

Now in its fourth year, the inaugural event raised $13,000 for the family of a Lake County child fighting Leukemia and two years later raised $31,000 for three children with life-threatening illnesses.

Last year, 100 Anytime Fitness members participated and raised $75,000. This year, 160 athletes will be raising funds for 10 children.

“This challenge isn’t easy. It’s hard, but nothing we go through in the 24 hours can compare to what these brave kids go through day in and day out,” said Anna Dey, co-founder of Anytime Fitness. “I think that thought is what pushes most of our athletes to finish.”

To donate, head to www.af24in24.org, where participants are seeking donors to contribute toward their challenge attempt.

“This is such an amazing event for A Special Wish to be a part of,” said Eileen Lane, Executive Director of A Special Wish Cleveland. “The sacrifice these runners are making to help grant the wishes of these 10 deserving children truly embodies the kindness of our community.”

The challenge concludes Sunday and includes a party for the final hour and final mile at 11:00 a.m.

The final hour is open to the public as the runners complete their final miles and the medal ceremony takes place. Medals are given to the athletes by the 10 children for which money was raised.