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48-hour virtual endurance race to benefit families affected by COVID-19

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Posted at 8:18 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 11:18:35-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — To boost spirits, encourage healthy lifestyles and give everyone an excuse to get out of the house, the Adventist Health Bakersfield Foundation is kicking off its inaugural "Tough as Nails Kern Kwarantine 2x4 Ultra Race" April 24-26.

The race can be run from anywhere. Its free and the foundations is asking for donations to help families impacted by COVID-19.

“So many people in our community are struggling through this quarantine, whether it’s the individuals who are directly fighting the coronavirus, or those who are just going a little stir-crazy at home. We want to find ways to help,” says Adventist Health Bakersfield Foundation President Beatris Espericueta Sanders, adding that foundation board member Mike Young developed the idea for the race. “For me, running has always provided a healthy outlet to work through issues I’m facing. We hope this race can provide that same outlet for others, and bring our community together.”

The Tough as Nails ultra event,requires runners complete two miles every four hours for a 48-hour period. At least four of the 2-mile runs will take place sometime between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., testing competitors not just physically, but mentally.

The race totals 24 miles over two days and is based on inspirational speaker and retired Navy SEAL David Goggins’ 4x4x48 challenge that has become an annual viral challenge.

The race begins the evening of April 24 and ends April 26.

Check here for information and to sign up.