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48 miles in 48 hours, runners raising money for Peoria South Side Mission

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Dozens of people stretched their legs and laid out sleeping bags Friday to prepare for the next 48 hours, running four miles every four hours.

It's all to benefit Peoria's poorest zip code, by raising money for the South Side Mission.

"Why not do something for the local people, if you're going to ask for money from someone why not put it back into the community? I Think we're accomplishing that with this," said event co-organizer Chris Sorensen.

Chris Sorensen planned the event alongside Joey O'Brien. They took a national challenge and brought it home for runners, walkers and even bikers.

The dozens of people who participated will spend their nights on the floor in sleeping bags, waking up every few hours to take to the Rock Island Trail.

"It is going to be tough, but at the same time you gotta remember people are going through a lot harder things than running four miles," said O'Brien.

O'Brien said the power of the community had been incredible. They already passed their $1,000 goal.

"It'd be nice to see $3,000 dollars, I think that'd be good for them to start their year off right," said Sorensen.

Sorensen said he was ready to take on the challenge Friday, and come Sunday, he hoped to feel accomplished.

"I think there's a lot of value in doing something hard and following through and accomplishing it," said Sorensen.

Participants can still hop in the for a four mile leg or drop off a donation at the Peoria House Barbell Club. For more information, visit the event page.

Paige Blanzy

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