CHARLOTTE — Charlotte business owner, Bob Weeks, and his friend are running 444 miles across the state of North Carolina.
The men started their journey Tuesday in Asheville and they will finish up in Wrightsville Beach on the May 25. Along the way, people join him for portions of the run. However, Weeks and Adam Jurcisin are doing the entire trip, running an average of 29 miles a day.
"The last three miles it's a mental game because I'm groomed for 26.2 miles, a marathon distance, but going an extra three miles, it gets in your mind,” said Weeks.
They are raising awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, and the hours of running give them time to think and talk about the project.
"It's just disheartening to see these men that fight for our country and give us our freedom not get the attention they need when they come back,” said Jurcisin, who's running alongside Weeks for all 444 miles.
They meet people along the way, and by sharing their story, they hope they can show others the importance of reaching out and helping these service men and women in need.
"There's somebody in their community that they can help, and at minimum, they can tell them they love them. And that's a big deal, man, to let our men and women know we love them and we want to take care of them in any way we can,” said Weeks.
As the pair continues on to Raleigh, they say covering so many miles in so few days is nothing, compared to what the Wounded Warriors have done for our country. So far, Weeks said he has raised about $17,000, all of which will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
To learn more about the project or to donate to the cause, click here.