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Scott Burton running for 24 hours to support Lunches with Love

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Scott Burton of Winnipeg will run for 24 straight hours and cover at least 140 kilometres today and Thursday in his Charleswood neighbourhood.

No, he’s not looking for a lost house key.

Burton is running to support the Lunches With Love charity by gathering donations.

Based in Charleswood, the Lunches with Love program takes only food donations and prepares bag lunches twice a month which are donated to the Main Street Project. The program has a Facebook page called LunchesWithLoveWinnipeg.

Burton will run in what he is calling the "24 Hour Marathon to Fight Hunger" along a 4.2 km loop of roads and sidewalks in the area which passes right by his house at one point.

Burton’s personal start line was at Beaverlodge Elementary School at 8 a.m. today.

Running with support from numerous community organizations, Burton will finish back at Beaverlodge Elementary School at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

"This is really an effort by myself to bring together the community to support a local charity: Lunches With Love. I volunteered with my family several times to help pack lunches," Burton, 34, said. "Since I live in the community. I thought that it would make sense to connect schools, businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community via a fun and unique event right in our neighbourhood."

Burton said he will be running non-stop for the 24 hours, except for brief walking or washroom breaks, and tracking his distance with a GPS.

"My goal is to challenge myself to cover as much distance as possible within my capabilities," said Burton, who will be able to have pit stops at his own home for food and water and to use the washroom. "My running will be slow and steady and power-walking at times will be just as fast. I’ve done as much as I can to invite members of the community, runners and non-runners, adults and students to run with me for however amount of time they wish."

There will be simultaneous food and donation drives being run by students from Beaverlodge Elementary, Westdale Junior High and Teulon Collegiate in Teulon.

Beaverlodge Care for Kids child care is running a cheer station with a food and "Toonies for Tuna" donation stand at the corner of Roblin Blvd. and Dale Blvd. on Wednesday at 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The cash will be used to buy tuna for sandwiches served by the program.

The Park West Inn is donating the space on the Roblin and Dale lot and providing a tent to shelter the cheer station.

Today, the Winnipeg Dynamite Cheerleading team from the Westdale Community Centre will have athletes and coaches at the Roblin and Dale location at 5-6 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

Guest runners who will join Burton today include Beaverlodge and Westdale Marathon club students, local barefoot running expert Bob Nicol and radio host Ace Burpee.

In the early hours of Thursday at 2-6 a.m., Burton will be joined by Manitoba Trail Marathon organizer and ultra runner Dwayne Sandall.

The run will conclude on Thursday morning when Beaverlodge students will run with Burton at 7:45 a.m. for the last stretch.


Updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM CDT: adds photo

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