Corey Cappelloni Will Run 7 Ultramarathons in 7 Days
His run began in Washington, DC and will end in Scranton on June 19.
Corey Cappelloni is on his way to see his grandmother, Ruth Andres, at Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Scranton. But the trip isn’t as simple as it sounds. Cappelloni is making the 220-mile journey on foot from his home in Washington, DC to the Electric City.
Cappelloni, a Scranton native, started the Run for Ruth challenge on June 12 and will finish on June 19. He will run about 31 miles per day through trails, parks and towns that he has visited with his grandmother. This will be a new personal record for Cappelloni, who has participated in ultramarathons around the world.
Cappelloni is running in solidarity with seniors and the staff that support them. He has already raised over $22,000 for Allied Services.
“This endurance challenge is a way for me to show Nana that I am there for her, to raise awareness for all the residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and rehabilitation centers across the country and the world,” said Cappelloni. “The run is also to honor the victims of coronavirus, including my great-uncle Charles ‘Chuck’ Gloman who passed away on May 11th, and to deeply thank all the heroic staff at Allied Services and similar organizations for putting the care of others first.”
You can track his progress live each day. He is expected to arrive in Scranton between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday. He will cross the finish line and wave to his grandmother through her window. The two cannot meet face-to-face because of the nursing home’s no visitor policy.
Supporters can cheer on Cappelloni in the final stretch along Moffat Drive and Smallacombe Drive. All spectators are asked to follow social distancing guidelines.
You can still donate to the Run for Ruth campaign to help seniors and nursing home staff through the COVID-19 crisis. You can also show your support by using the #irunfor hashtag, reaching out to loved ones in nursing homes or calling local assisted living centers to see how you can help.