CASCO, Maine — A Maine runner who fell short of his goal two years ago said he is determined to run 500 miles in March to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Blaine Moore, 32, of Windham has launched the 1 More Mile For Sunshine Challenge, an effort to add one more mile each day to his training runs throughout March until he reaches 31 miles on March 31. If successful, over the last 10 days of March, Moore’s average distance will be the equivalent of running a 26.2-mile marathon every day.
“Camp Sunshine is great organization that helps not just children with serious illnesses but their entire families,” Moore said. “My goal is to raise $6,000, enough to pay for three families to come to Camp Sunshine and take advantage of these valuable services.”
Moore attempted a similar fundraiser in January 2010, but fell short of his running goal, bowing out on day 25 due to persistent bad weather and a knee injury. He returned on Jan. 31 to run 31 miles with friends, helping him reach 349.5 miles. This time, Moore said, his body is sound and the March weather isn’t likely to be as harsh and unpredictable, giving him confidence he can complete his goal.
Moore is coach at the Maine Running Company in Portland. He has run 23 marathons and 9 ultramarathons in 16 different states in his running career.
Moore had logged 68.3 miles as of March 11, two more than the required 66 miles so far. He covered that distance in 10 hours, 17 minutes and 56 seconds — a 9:00-per-mile pace. If he keeps to his schedule, he will run more than 500 miles in all, with the final week totaling at least 196 miles.
The rules permit Moore to run more than once per day to reach his daily goal.
Moore is planning a special event at Camp Sunshine on Saturday, March 31, for those who want to join him for all or part of his 31-mile run, or simply to watch. A loop course of three to five miles will be set up, he said, and participants also may tour Camp Sunshine.
“Blaine is a true friend of Camp Sunshine and we remain so grateful for what he is determined to achieve, all for the good of the children and families that we serve,” said Matthew Hoidal, Camp Sunshine executive director. “We hope people will recognize the difficulty of what he is attempting here and support his cause. We wish him all the luck.”
For daily updates from Moore, or to donate money to his solo fundraiser, visit 1MoreMileforSunshine.com.