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Hoedl to run in Harrier Half Marathon Saturday

In 2011, he ran "61 for 61" - 61 half marathons in one year in celebration of Roger Maris's single-season home run record and more importantly, to raise needed funds for Children's Hospital Boston.  Lee Hoedl completed all 61 half marathons just prior to his participation in the 2011 New York City Marathon.
This time around Lee Hoedl, Perham 1981 graduate, will complete 31 half marathons in 16 weeks in prayerful dedication to the 31 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and 2013 Boston Marathon bombing tragedies, as he prepares to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon on October 13.  This Saturday, July 20, Hoedl will participate in the Perham Harrier Half Marathon as his eighth half marathon along this list.  And along the over 900 miles of training, he will be raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  

Hoedl states, "I've been marathoning, endurance running and mountain climbing for quite some time; it's a part of my spirit that yearns for it - the challenge, the dedication to a singular focus and the view at the finish. As well, I have remained an advocate for a number of selfless organizations committed to singular focus of assisting those most in need. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was a passionate cause that my father supported and one he introduced to me as a young man. Since that time, I have donated my own personal funds, run multitudes of charity runs and have dedicated a portion of all proceeds from my personal book sales and video productions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital because I believe deeply in its purpose of allowing no child to die the dawn of their life. St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility; discoveries made there have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases."

 "For each half-marathon that I receive a finisher's medal, I will donate each of these medals to the North Dakota Chapter of the Medals4Mettle program," Hoedl further explains, "And to understand better what Medals4Mettle does, feel free to visit the national website M4M and to see its wonderful impact, please view the recent coverage of a medal presentation (click on link) we made to two young men at Sanford Hospital."
  To find out more about Hoedl's journey, visit the YouTube video presentation, 31-4-31-4-HOPE: THE EXTRA sMILE, at  Hoedl can be followed in his journey through the following venues:  31 4 31 4 HOPE Mission Page: 4 31 4 HOPE Facebook: 
Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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