Larry Erlandson figured out the perfect way to celebrate his 65th birthday on Saturday — he's going to run 65 miles.
The Holland-area ultramarathoner will be raising money to provide scholarships for Girls on the Run and Total Trek Quest, programs with a presence in both the Holland and Grand Haven areas that use running as a way to reach out to grade-school children.
His goal is $6, 500.
"I didn’t want to just do this for me," Erlandson said, when asked why he decided to raise funds for Girls on the Run and Total Trek Quest. "I've done some fundraising runs before. I want to do this to encourage others as well. Running has meant a lot for me. It’s a metaphor for life and achieving things we never thought possible.
"They’re local. Lots of people in the community are involved with them. You’ve got parents and students and other coaches involved. They don’t turn any kids away."
Erlandson got a chance to run with the Holland-based Total Trek Quest group this fall.
"It was truly inspirational as I ran with those kids, the looks on their face, the sense of accomplishment," Erlandson said. "I’ve had a lot of inspirational people in my life, and I thought maybe this would be a way to pass inspiration to other people — particularly kids. It’s a time of life where they're discovering who they are."
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