The Trail to 50

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Mike Shephard is a Coleman supporter with a mission to raise awareness and funds for Coleman Professional Services. Here is his plan:


“As many of you know, I am a runner. I truly enjoy the sport. It has lead to many great friendships; plus it gets me outside year round in all kinds of weather, it provides a great workout, it serves as a great mental get away and much more. 

"If you know me well,
you know I'm a runner
and I enjoy helping people.
So, why not combine my
passion for both into
one event?"

This summer, I turn 50 years old. You may ask yourself, what does this have to do with any of this? Well, with this lifetime milestone coming up,   I would like to pull off a running milestone as well. On July 29, 2017, I plan on completing a 50 mile run. Yes, I mean all at one time. As part of the Burning River 100, this race is not only is it a 50 miles, it is 50 miles on trails, thus drastically increasing the difficulty level. I plan to go on this journey with Chris Kmetko, a longtime friend who is also turning 50 this summer. (We have been friends since the 7th grade!) We have both run several marathons over the years, but nothing further than the 26.2 marathon.

So that explains the running part….let’s get on with the helping people part.

"I would like to use this
race to raise awareness
and funds for Coleman
Professional Services."

As a local behavioral health organization, Coleman is dedicated to helping their clients in any way possible. From therapy and counseling to housing and employment services, Coleman has a passion for helping real people in our local communities who are affected by mental illnesses.

'As I have switched careers within the past 2 years and am still in the building phase of my insurance career, I have limited funds to donate financially. However, I have been blessed with the ability to run. And I do it fairly well, if I do say so myself. I will donate my body including the effort, sweat, blood and tears that it will take to train and then to actually complete the run itself. Training alone will consist of putting in over 1000 miles between now and race day. As it’s true in everything, nothing gets accomplished without great effort. I will put in the effort.

"I am asking that you,
as my friends, business
leaders, acquaintances,
and even strangers, to
donate to this amazing 

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