One local surgeon went the distance to benefit the students of Clinton High School.
Dr. Andres Fleury, a general surgeon with Sampson Regional Medical Center, recently participated in a 24-hour Ultra Run, and presented donations collected to benefit the Clinton High School track and field program Tuesday morning to the school’s athletic director and coaches.
“I contacted athletic director Jeff Sawvel about a fundraising attempt and he was more than willing so any and all proceeds raised will benefit the track and field team,” said Fleury.
Fleury collected just over $2,000 in donations, with more donations expected to come directly into the school.
An avid runner, Fleury said he wanted to do something that would help students, who like him, have a passion for running. On the last Saturday and Sunday in February, Fleury ran from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday through Fox Lake, collecting a total of 92 miles during his run.
While the goal was 100 miles during the 24 hours, Fleury said he was happy that he was able to collect the money for the track and field program and has plans to participate in another ultra run in the near future to further assist the program.
Fleury highlighted that his running passion began about five years ago as he turned to running to help get into better shape. He wanted to make an impact in people’s lives and if he was going to advise that diet and exercise are the key to a healthy life, then he had to live by thought himself. His success in running really took off as he gradually progressed from doing 5Ks to full marathons. But, Fleury admits that he wanted to do more.
“I wanted to push myself further so I looked into ultra running,” asserted Fleury.
Ultra running is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 26 miles. To date, Fleury states that he has participated in 20 marathons and 20-30 ultra marathons. An ultra run, Fleury explained, either covers a specific distance or takes place during a set time frame. Ultra races can be anywhere from 31 miles to 100 miles. There are even multi-day races of 1,000 miles or longer.
Clinton High has started hosting track meets, and according to Sawvel, the schedule has Clinton hosting additional meets in the upcoming seasons. For that reason, the paved track around the football field is in need of repair, as is the cross-country course through the woods.
“This will certainly help us with some much needed improvements to the school track and cross-country course,” athletic director Jeff Sawvel said.
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