As we adapt globally to an uncertain new reality, these challenging times have triggered an outpouring of community spirit, togetherness and support for those in need. David Kilgore, On athlete and Tech Rep, decided he wanted to make a contribution too.
Like so many businesses, the sports specialist retailers Kilgore works with on a daily basis in New York have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, and as one of the worst-hit states in the US, pressure has mounted on healthcare workers. On March 27, Kilgore set out to run a 100-mile (160 km) ultramarathon to raise money for those retailers, and in turn provide gift cards to healthcare workers, affording them comfortable shoes for relief on long shifts.
His $5,000 target was quickly surpassed through generous donations from supporters and increased to a new goal of $10,000. Now, well over $14,000 and counting, donations continue to pour in on his GoFundMe page, which is live until April 12.
Kilgore endured a 3:00 a.m. wake up, searing midday heat, and a close run-in with a police officer on his 17-hour adventure. It was nothing short of epic. We caught up with David to hear his story.