Bar News - July 16, 2014
Lawyer to Run 100+ Miles for Charity
Ron Abramson may have completely lost his mind.
The Manchester attorney, who has already run more than 25 marathons and ultra-marathons, plans to run 100 miles on July 19 with about 300 other runners and dozens of horses as part of the Vermont 100 Endurance Run. The Bow resident also plans to add on an extra 4.8 miles at the end, so that he’ll have run the equivalent of four marathons in a row. He’s doing this to benefit four charities he holds dear, including the NH Campaign for Legal Services.
“I’ve done some harebrained running events in the past, which always seemed like a good idea at the time I signed up,” Abramson, 45, explained. “Running 100 miles never seemed like a good idea,” he added, half-joking
Through this unusual run, Abramson is raising funds for the NH Campaign for Legal Services, NH Public Television Dana Farber/The Jimmy Fund, and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He’s dubbed the endeavor “Ron’s Run for Jimmy, Chris, Justice & Elmo.”
“These four fantastic organizations improve the quality of people’s lives, and I have a strong personal connection to each one. I’m proud and grateful to be able to help them further their worthy missions,” said Abramson.
Fitting training into an already hectic life is not easy, but Abramson manages to run 70-plus miles per week, with longer runs on the weekends or in the middle of the night. “An experienced ultramarathoner friend told me that running 100 miles is not an athletic event, but a spiritual experience,” Abramson mused. “The body will get tired, but the spirit and mind have to remain strong.”
Abramson’s personal goal is to finish the full 100 miles in under 24 hours, which would earn him a coveted belt buckle, the traditional award for completing that distance in less than a day. But, his greater ambition is to see the four charities benefit from his doing something he loves, and maybe to inspire others to get outside their comfort zones.
“New experiences lead to new discoveries. At age 45, I love that I can continue to explore and learn things about myself, even if it turns out to be that trying to run 100 miles is a bad idea.”
Follow Abramson through his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RonRuns100.
For more information or to donate to the Campaign, visit www.nh-cls.org.