The 5th Annual Market to Market (M2M) relay is the Midwest's premier day-long relay race.
This Saturday, 400 teams of 6 to 8 runners will start in the Old Market in Omaha and run to the Haymarket in Lincoln.
And new to the event this year is the 50K solo ultra-marathon...that's just over 31 miles.
And one of the brave individuals taking part in the grueling challenge is Todd Fitzgerald, A Capital City man who loves to run, and more importantly, loves to serve his fellow man.
As President of a Lincoln non-profit organization called "Teach a Kid To Fish", Todd will be running the ultra-marathon this Saturday to help raise funds and awareness of Lincoln's growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
Todd says, "Five years ago, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and hypertension." He was not a healthy man. "I had put on a couple of pounds, let's just say, and I realized that I just needed to do something.
Todd started running...and hasn't stopped yet, "Five years later, I have run 10 half marathons, two full marathons and now I'm about ready to tackle my first ultra-marathon."
So instead of being satisfied with just 26.2 miles, Todd will not be done until he hits the 31 mile mark, or 50 kilometers, "You're amazed at what your feet and what your body can do when you put your mind to doing something."
Especially when that something matters so much, "Just having the opportunity to be part of "Teach a Kid to Fish," a grass roots non-profit that's focused on empowering Lincoln families to live a healthy lifestyles while eliminating the childhood obesity epidemic is one of the reasons why I'm running."
"Every single day we take steps in the direction we want our lives to go and this ultra marathon for me is just another 30, 31.1 miles on my mission in life."
"Fitz's 50' has received donations totaling more than $4,500 thus far. For more information go to http://www.crowdrise.com/toddfitzgerald and http://www.teachakidtofish.org
The 10/11 *News Ninjas* will taking part in the relay for the third year.
Make sure and watch coverage of Saturday's Market to Market relay on 10/11 News and on the web at 1011now.com.