May 20, 2007

75 Miles. 1 Cure. Why?

Hello, my name is Michael Kanning, and thank you for your interest in Ultra For A Cure. Cancer is a disease which affects millions around the world. Many of us personally know people and families affected by it. Many, however, don't know how devastating the effects of cancer really are.

Cancer Facts

-More than 10.5 million people in the U.S. alone have cancer.
-1,444,920 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
-159,650 Americans are expected to die of cancer this year; that's over 1,500 people each day.
-The National Institutes of Health estimated the overall costs of cancer in 2006 to be $206.3 billion.
-There is no known cure for cancer.

Source: American Cancer Society

I recently had a family member die from cancer and know a friend my age who has battled cancer for many years. I know that we can do something about it. On June 9, 2007, I will run 75 miles as an "Ultra For A Cure" to fund research to find the cure for cancer.

What is "Ultra For A Cure"?

An ultramarathon is a run of any distance longer than a marathon (26.2 miles). Although only 15, I often run ultramarathons. I'm thankful to have this ability and wish to use it to support a worthy cause. On 6/9/07, I will run 75 miles from Stinson Beach, California to Petaluma to lend support to find the cure, and I am calling the endeavor Ultra For A Cure. You can help out through donations to the cause, which can be done at the "Donate!" link on the sidebar. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

My family will support me with food, drink, and encouragement on the run. We will be starting in Stinson Beach at 5:30 A.M. and finishing at Oak Hill Park in Petaluma around 9:00 P.M. If you would like to join me for part of the run you are more than welcome to. If you're interested, please contact me at and I can give you more information about exact locations and times.

Questions or comments?

If you have any, feel free to email me at Thank you again for your interest in Ultra For A Cure.