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.


Scott Dunlap said...

Michael -

Congrats on your worthy quest! I made a donation of $75 (that's a buck per mile) in your honor, so be sure to update your counter!

I'll see ya on the trails...


Michael Kanning said...

Hi Scott,

Thank you very much for your generous donation. I updated the counter for that, and for three more donations which have come from my grandma, me, and another donor. And we just started advertising the project today, so it is really getting underway.

Unfortunately, I won't be seeing you at Diablo 50K this Saturday because I forgot to register before it sold out! Oh, well, I'll plan some other adventure in the hills.

Good luck at Diablo, and see you out there.

Michael Kanning

Anonymous said...

We are so proud of you for your commitment to supporting friends and family who are faced with the challenges of living with cancer.

You seem to have a special ability to see the big appreciate what's really important in life, which seems rare at such a young age. Your appreciation for nature and the outdoors is refreshing and your dedication to this fundraising endeavor has been truly inspiring.

And, of course, you are amazingly gifted in your ability to run long distances. When you were just a kid (not long ago!) I had always hoped that we would be able to do some long trail runs together, but I had no idea that you would really redefine the meaning of "long" runs.

Enjoy your running and keep up the good work. See you Saturday!

Aunt Jill

Anonymous said...

Bumped into my neighbors, Jill & Andres, this past weekend. They shared what you are doing and I want you to know, as a person with some health issues myself, I am inspired and grateful to you. Action is where the answers are. Kudos to you! I'll be thinking of you as I start a 24 hrs relay mtn biking race on Saturday. (I stopped my complaining when I heard about your endeavor, mind you!) You are a good friend!
For your records - Another $1 per mile has been sent.
Best to you,

Michael Kanning said...


Thank you for your generous contribution! Your support and everyone else's has also been inspiring, and more than I could expected going into the project. I'm sure it will help us come closer to finding a cure. Good luck with your race on Saturday-I'll think of you as well.

Michael Kanning

Caroline Reutter said...

Go Pre!

You are one incredible soul!! Don't forget to bring the "Landjaeger" for mile 75!!

Enjoy the scenery-Caroline

Anonymous said...

Best of luck with the run.

Anonymous said...

Michael you are AMAZING!!! This is such a worthy cause. I wish you the best and will be making a donation in your name.-Graciela