PASADENA, CA – Fitness coach and gym owner Michael Ainis from Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough has announced that he will run one hundred miles in a 24-hour challenge around the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in the Central Arroyo Seco to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to honor his sister, Victoria, who tragically took her own life in 2015. Setting a goal of raising $1 million dollars, proceeds from the 100 Mile Challenge will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The run will start on September 10, 2021 which marks World Suicide Prevention Day, and end September 11 (and also his sister, Victoria’s birthday). Each of the 100 miles will be dedicated to a different life that has been affected by suicide. September also marks. National Suicide Prevention Month.
“This run is personal for me – having lost my sister to suicide, my father struggled with his mental illness ending in his tragic passing as well" said Michael Ainis, who now owns the gym founded by his sister. “If this run can help one person – especially now when the pandemic has caused more people to consider ending their lives, it will be worth it.”
Individuals are invited to donate to the cause (afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/100MilesforLife ), and/or submit a story or picture for a mile marker to be dedicated in their memory. Companies are also invited to participate as a sponsor of a mile, or the event.
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