Ryan Tellock is going to run 50 miles to raise funds and awareness for Emma’s House, the nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Center, on Friday, July 19.
The facility-based program provides crisis intervention and support following a report of child abuse.
“I’m very excited to put forth this effort for an organization that does such amazing work in our community,” Tellock said. “Their team of selfless and caring staff truly make our community a better place.”
Tellock works at Payne West Insurance in Hamilton. The company has an initiative encouraging employees to give back to the community.
He has never run 50 miles before but has run in marathons (26.22 miles each) several years ago and will run nearly double that in a day.
He set the distance by location.
“Payne West’s Missoula location is almost exactly 50 miles from our location in downtown Hamilton, so I will be running ‘office to office’ and finishing at our downtown Hamilton location,” he said. “Payne West has graciously offered to match the first $1,250 that I raise for this spectacular cause.”
Tellock’s route will be on the runner’s path along U.S. Highway 93 and he has scheduled a few support stations along the way.
“It is mostly unsupported,” he said. “I’m calling this ‘50 miles for Child Advocacy.’”
As of Tuesday, Tellock’s GoFundMe fundraising site had reached $2,755 of his $3,000 goal, raised by 36 people in two months.
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Emma’s House Executive Director Val Widmer said she appreciates Tellock’s efforts.
“His run is a metaphor for what our kids and family go for,” she said. “We are really inspired by Ryan’s discipline and selflessness in doing the run. It shows other individuals that everyone can do something.”
She also thanks Payne West for supporting their employees to give back to the community.
“It is so cool that as an employer they are encouraging the people who work for them to take on big projects like this that benefit the larger community,” Widmer said. “I’m really impressed that as an employer they are supporting his run, 50 miles I cannot believe it!”
Widmer said Tellock’s running day will begin at 2 a.m. and he expects to arrive in Hamilton between 1 and 2:30 p.m.
“I’m sure we can’t expect him to hang out at the finish line and chat up all his supporters,” she said. “I’m sure he’d love to do it but he’ll be exhausted.”
Emma’s House will support the run, post photos on their Facebook page and will host a celebration barbecue to honor Tellock at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19.
“We encourage the community to come at and thank him and celebrate the funds and awareness that he has raised for Emma’s House,” Widmer said. “It is nearing $5,000, the GoFundMe doesn’t include the amount from Payne West. There is still time to raise even more money this week.”
Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/run-for-child-advocacy.