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This event is inspired by the 4 x 4 x 48 Challenge I completed as a part of my training for the Chicago Marathon in October of 2022. The challenge was to run 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48 hours.

Easy Peasy.

Why "65"?

The "65 Roses" story dates back to 1965 when an observant 4-year-old, hearing the name of his disease for the first time, pronounced cystic fibrosis as "65 Roses." Today, "65 Roses" is a term often used by young children with cystic fibrosis to pronounce the name of their disease.

With the symbolic number for CF of "65" in mind, I'm upping the ante for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - to run 6.5 miles, every 6.5 hours for 65 hours. 

That's two and half marathons worth of mileage in 2 and a half days!

Let's do this!

Here's my running schedule:

9:00 AM                 6.5 miles            6.5 hours
3:30 PM                 6.5 miles            13 hours
10:00 PM              6.5 miles            19.5 hours

4:30 AM                6.5 miles            26 hours
11:00 AM             6.5 miles            32.5 hours
5:30 PM                6.5 miles            39 hours

12:00 AM             6.5 miles            45.5 hours
6:30 AM                6.5 miles            52 hours
1:00 PM                6.5 miles            58.5 hours
7:30 PM                6.5 miles            65 hours

65 miles in 65 hours - 6 and half miles at a time, in 6 and a half hour intervals! 


How do I participate?

As with any event, there are several ways to help, support, promote and participate.
Register as a participant for this event. This will allow you to create your own fundraising page and to do your own fundraising. It will all roll up together for this event.

How can I participate if I'm not a runner?

You can participate however you'd like, it's really that simple. Here are the many ways you can participate:
  • Walk 6.5 miles, every 6.5 hours for 65 hours.
  • Bike 65 miles
  • Do 65 push ups every 6.5 hours for 65 hours.
  • Do 65 sit-ups every 6.5 hours for 65 hours.

You get the idea. Do 65 of anything during the 65 hours of April 4th through April 6th.

Simply donate by clicking on the "Donate" button. Our goal is to raise $65,000.

Spread the word! Use your social media networks to share this event page link and let the world know we're going to spend 65 hours together, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and finding a cure for CF!


My Story

I'm an uncle to two beautiful nieces who were born with CF. Sadly, we lost my youngest of my two nieces in 2017 to this terrible disease.
She was only 18.
When we lost Gabby, my daughter played and sang Gabby's favorite Jonas Brother song at her service, and she later put this video together to keep her memory alive forever:


My oldest niece (pictured left) is doing great. In 2022 we ran the Chicago Marathon together and raised over $30,000 for the CF Foundation.

Every time I run, I think of them.

They are always with me when I do, as my inspiration to live life to the fullest and to keep giving back.