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The New Jersey Marathon Was Postponed. William Vogt Ran 26.2 Miles Anyway

April 1, 2020

The New Jersey Marathon, like most Spring races, was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. William Vogt, the Director of Operations from our partners at Weichert Workforce Mobility, was going to represent Team Move For Hunger at the race and had been training for months. Although New Jersey residents have been told to stay at home, solo exercise (at a safe social distance, of course) is still permitted, and William decided that he would continue to follow the training plan that we had designed for him.

So on March 28, a rainy Saturday morning, William was scheduled to go for 18 miles, maybe more, depending on how he was feeling. In the middle of his run, he decided to go for the full 26.2. He texted his wife, Kristin, who arranged to have his family meet him at his "finish line." Earlier this week, he emailed us a photo of his Runtastic tracker (which cut out on him during the final mile!) as proof.

WilliamVogtNJMarathon2020.jpgWilliam didn't receive a race bib and medal to help commemorate this amazing athletic accomplishment. He didn't have thousands of spectactors to cheer him on and help push him through those final grueling miles. But he did raise $5,350, which will will provide 12,840 meals to families, childen, seniors, and vulnerable communities in the months ahead.

Food banks across the country are seeing a much greater demand for assistance as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Some have reported that they are seeing 4x as many people as they normally would. Move For Hunger is working every day to help support our emergency food providers, but we can't continue to reduce food waste and fight hunger without the support of people like William Vogt. We can't thank him enough.

The New Jersey Marathon weekend has been rescheduled to November 14-15, and William told us he fully intends on finishing the real thing in the Fall. If you'd like to join him, please email Margo Cianchetta or click here to learn how you can turn YOUR miles into meals!

The COVID-19 Pandemic has left a massive economic impact and has drastically increased the need for emergency food assistance nationwide. Move For Hunger is actively searching for ways to meet the demand, but we need your help.

If you can, please consider making a donation to Move For Hunger. With your support, we'll be able to rapidly respond and mobilize our network in communities across the United States and Canada.