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Man Running 140+ Miles To Help Feed Hungry In West Michigan

WALKER, Mich.– Steve Karston is no stranger to a challenge. He’s completed more than 60 marathons and more than two dozen ultra marathons. Now, he’s gearing up to run 148 miles out West to raise money to help the hungry in West Michigan.

“The race is called ‘Desert RATS’, the RATS stand for race across the sand,” explained Karston. “We start in Grand Junction, Colorado, and finish in Moab, Utah.”

Karston has been training for the extreme race for months. He’s partnered with North End Community Ministries in Grand Rapids on a “miles for meals” initiative. The organization feeds needy families in the area. Karston and his wife both volunteer in the program’s “Supper House”.

Through sponsors, he’s been able to raise more than $2,500 dollars for food so far. His goal is $10,000.

“Just to see the people who are hungry, and to see how many meals that can buy,” Karston told FOX 17 News. “To have this influx of cash, I think would just do phenomenal things, feed a lot more people, right here in Grand Rapids.”

The race June 16th-22nd will take Karston across rugged terrain through extreme temperatures.

“It’s actually been inspiring, not only for me, but I think as a family to see him have a goal, set the goals and reach the goals,” said Shelli Karston, Steve’s wife. “When Steve said he was doing this race and he wanted to do something for charity, it just made sense.”

To donate to Karston’s “Miles for Meals”, or to follow along with his progress during the race, click here.

For more information on North End Community Ministries, click here.

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