BAY SHORE RESIDENT TO RUN 352 MILES FOR BREAST CANCER

Press Release for postponement

It is with regret we must inform you that Run It Forward 352 Events scheduled from May 3rd to the 6th have been postponed. RIF 352 is being rescheduled for a future date. An unforeseen problem arose which compelled us to consider taking this action.

For those who wish, arrangements have been made for the return of contributions which thus far have been advanced. You may contact us at runitforward352@gmail.com

BAY SHORE RESIDENT TO RUN 352 MILES FOR BREAST CANCER

Bay Shore, NY – Matthew Ellwood, a long time Bay Shore resident and Bay Shore School District employee will be running four days straight for a total of 352 miles to raise money for support services at the Breast Health Center at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Bay Shore Wellness Alliance.  “Run it Forward 352” will begin at noon on May 3, 2012 and end with his participation in the Long Island Marathon on May 6, 2012.

“Run it Forward 352” will start with Matthew running on Montauk Highway from an elementary school in William Floyd to the Montauk Light House(54.5 miles), Montauk Light House to Coney Island Light House (125 miles), Coney Island Light House to Bay Shore High School (47 miles), Bay Shore High School to Riverhead and back to Bay Shore (80 miles) and then Bay Shore to Eisenhower Park (17 miles) where Matthew will complete the Long Island Marathon (26.2).

Through sponsorships, Matthew hopes to raise money for the fight against breast cancer and the Bay Shore Wellness Alliance, a non-for-profit organization that works in cooperation with the Bay Shore School District, Good Samaritan Hospital and Southside Hospital to implement wellness programs for students of all ages, as well as the community at large.

Twelve years ago, after earning a black belt in martial arts at the age of 35, Matthew looked to get rid of his extra energy by biking over 60 miles every Sunday.  During this period, he was afflicted with athletic induced asthma and was required to stop his vigorous physical activity for a month.  While recovering Matthew read a copy, Matthew picked up a copy of Dean Karnaszes book, “Ultramarathonman.”  A month later, he signed up to run 50 miles.  Over the last three years, Matthew has run more than 6,108 miles which includes running 200 miles in less than two days for a breast cancer cause earlier this year.  His ultimate goal is to run 400 miles non-stop, and again to raise funds for a good cause.

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December 31, 2011

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