Running for a Purpose is meant to inspire others to think bigger while raising awareness and much-needed funding to support charitable programs. Foutz’s first initiative coincides with running the New York City Marathon this Sunday, Nov. 3, in partnership with the ASPCA. A portion of the proceeds from Running for a Purpose will be donated in support of the organization’s fight to prevent cruelty to animals.
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“I’m honored to be running the New York City Marathon with TEAM ASPCA and am excited that everyone’s support of Running for a Purpose can help make a difference,” said Foutz, who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Foutz originally came up with the idea when he started running as part of the Run the Edge’s Run the Year 2019 challenge, an effort that has him hitting the pavement for up to 50 miles every week to reach his goal of 2,019 miles by the end of the year. “When I started this challenge, it was about seeing how far I could take my running career with the main goal of running the Boston Marathon,” Foutz said, “but now it’s more than that. I want each mile to matter. I want to give back where it’s needed most.”
Inspired by his father’s love for running Foutz started his journey at an early age. Since graduating from the University of Findlay in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business management marketing, he has run more than 15 marathons, 16 half marathons, and countless short distance races. Combining his passion with his commitment to give back, Foutz has raised more than $15,000 for charitable organizations in the past and is looking to continue to grow that number with Running for a Purpose.