By Monroe Roark
Two local men will embark on
an ultra-marathon this weekend to raise money for A Friend’s House.
The 100-mile run by Kevin
Randolph and John Pollard will take place entirely in Locust Grove,
beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. at the northern end of Jackson Street
where it meets Hwy. 42 across from the peach orchard.
Local runners, Jason Pollard,
left, and Kevin Randolph, right, will run a 100 mile
marathon Saturday to raise money for A Friend’s House.
Randolph came up with the
idea because he lives on Jackson Street and runs it nearly every
“I have a love-hate
relationship with that road,” he said, noting that the three-mile
road goes uphill nearly the entire way when traveling north.
He calculated that 17
roundtrips on that street alone would allow him and Pollard to reach
the required distance, and the “Jackson St. 100” was born.
The southern end of Jackson
Street is just south of Tanger Boulevard on the other side of Locust
Grove. That makes the halfway point right in the middle of downtown,
near the new train viewing platform (in case anyone wants a good
spot to look for the runners). The pace should be about an hour and
20 minutes for each roundtrip, so the men will likely be coming
through downtown every 40 minutes or so.
Randolph said that he and
Pollard are expecting to take nearly 24 hours to complete the run,
allowing for some time walking and breaks for meals. Both of them
have completed a 55-mile run in the past so they know what it will
take physically to get through this.
“We’re going to keep it slow
so we can be there for the long haul,” said Randolph.
Their goal is to raise
$10,000 for A Friend’s House, a Henry County non-profit that
provides a home for and meets the emotional and physical needs of
children in crisis. Since its inception in 1998, A Friend’s House
has welcomed over 1,800 children in need.
Community supporters are
invited to come out to the peach orchard Saturday morning for the
send-off, and anyone who wishes to run a circuit of Jackson Street
with Randolph and Pollard is welcome to do so.
The web site for the men’s
company, Revolution Running (www.revolutionrunning.net),
has complete information for anyone who wants to participate as a
Two donation options are on
the web site for 25 cents per mile and one dollar per mile. Every
donor will receive a Jackson St. 100 T-shirt. Randolph said he and
Pollard are paying for the T-shirts so 100 percent of the donations
will go to A Friend’s House.
Anyone making a donation of
$25 or more at Run Fit Sports will receive a Revolution Running
shirt as well as a Jackson St. 100 shirt. Corporate sponsorships are
also welcome; contact the runners via the web site.
“We just want to raise as much money as we can
for A Friend’s House because they do great things for the
community,” said Randolph. “I hope we get some great weather and
have a good time.”