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West Salem senior will run 101 miles for hungry

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - It's a feat not many will accomplish in their life, running more than 500,000 feet, almost four marathons, in the span of just two days.

But 17-year-old Kyle Lang will attempt it, for a good cause. Lang said he always knew he'd be a runner; his mom and brother both ran in Middle and High School. The senior at West Salem High School wanted to "do something a little more" with his running to make it more meaningful.

He volunteers with The Hunger Task Force and WAFER Food Pantry and decided for his Senior Exit Project he would raise money for those organizations by running 101 miles in two days.

Last year Kyle ran a marathon for the first time, he said, "The human body can handle much more than it thinks it can."

Kyle hopes to raise $100 per mile, totaling more than $10,000 for The Hunger Task Force and WAFER Food Pantry.

Erin Waldhart, Executive Director at WAFER said "About 1/3 of our food is purchased, our monthly budget is $13,000, so any help we can get is crucial."

Kyle will start his run Monday, June 23 at 6 a.m. in Marshland in Buffalo County. He will run 47 miles on the Great River State Trail to Sparta, walking and taking breaks when necessary.

Then he will run 54 miles on Tuesday, June24, from Sparta to Reedsburg.

Kyle says knowing he's doing it for a good cause, will help him get through each mile, "just perseverance and knowing it's just two days of my life, he said."

While the main goal is to raise money for the hungry, Kyle also hopes his journey inspires others.

"It doesn't have to be in some extravagant fashion, like running 100 miles. Just if you see someone dealing with hunger, take a little bit of time and help them," Kyle said.

If you'd like to donate to Kyle's cause, you can access his Paypal page, or find a donation box near Trail heads in the La Crosse area.

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