Eight professional runners represented by Grosse Pointe Woods-based Elite Runner Management raised more than $5,700 for Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries by running a virtual marathon relay on two continents.
“We far exceeded our expectations,” said Chris Mengel, ERM’s founder and owner. “We thank the 85 supporters who donated. They are the ones who made our race fun, competitive and a tremendous success.”
Each of the eight athletes — Patrick Rizzo, Carlos Trujillo, Tim Young, Weldon Kirui, Nicole DiMercurio, Iveen Chepkemoi, Zach Hine and Rachel Walny — ran 3.275 miles to complete the full marathon distance in a total time of 2:20:04.
Kirui, two-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon, did his segment at his home in Kenya, while others raced in their home states of Michigan, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.
Mengel presented the check July 27, to DRMM President and CEO Chad Audi, who said it would benefit coronavirus relief efforts and further the work of the century-old nonprofit organization that fights hunger, homelessness and addiction across metro Detroit.
“We are very happy that people like you support us. We are very grateful,” Audi said.
Since its founding, the rescue mission has aided the very poorest and most needy citizens, “and we are still doing it now,” DRMM Vice President Paschal Eze said. Even with a coronavirus pandemic raging, “our mission still is to help people, especially people in dire need.”