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Young Man Runs to Draw Attention to Hunger Problem

Young Man Runs to Draw Attention to Hunger Problem

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Team CoverageAt the stroke of midnight, a young man started a run that will last 24 hours.

Jordan Maxwell from Lone Peak High School is on a "Run for Hunger."

Eyewitness News spoke with him on the phone early this morning at mile 12.

"Realized what a problem hunger still is in Utah," he explained. "Utah is still ranked like seventh in the nation for hunger. They said it's something like 40 percent of school kids can't afford just normal school lunch. That really inspired us to do this."

Young Man Runs to Draw Attention to Hunger Problem

Around 6:40 a.m., Maxwell told us that he had racked up 26 miles. He was just past Fairfield in Utah County. He hopes to run about 75 miles from Highland to Elberta, around Utah Lake and back through Lehi.

KSL Newsradio caught up with him a few hours later. He was running south of Camp Floyd on a dirt road. He wasn't quite half way through his adventure, but he was hanging in there.

He has a friend following him in a truck with supplies like Gatorade and crackers. And while he's running he's listening to his favorite music on his iPod.

Courtesy Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio
Courtesy Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio

For every mile he runs, local businesses have pledged to donate money to the Utah Food Bank.

Maxwell and his friends say they are starting a new tradition of sacrifice and service for the hungry in Utah.

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