Monday, March 23, 2009

Pennsylvania Man Going the Distance to Help Others

Michael Casper, of State College, PA has turned his passion for running into a means of helping local runners test their limits while helping those in need.

Casper, a member of the Nittany Valley Running Club, is the co-founder and director of the annual Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon, to be held this year on Oct. 3 at Rothrock State Forest in Huntingdon. The proceeds from this year’s races will benefit Centre Volunteers in Medicine, a local nonprofit clinic whose mission is to serve the health care needs of uninsured Centre County residents.

Casper also partners with Soles4Souls, collecting shoes at all the races he directs. Shoes will be collected at the Mountainback Relay, the Tussey Teasers in the spring and the Discovery Run series in August.

For more information on these races, visit

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