Ryan Clifford

Ryan's Ryan's Empire Run - Buffalo to Brooklyn

Fundraising for John Theissen Childrens Foundation
raised of US$30,000 target
by 77 supporters
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In Ryan’s own words:

I am looking to challenge myself once again, this time with a goal to run across the entirety of the State of New York (from Buffalo to Brooklyn). The distance totals around 555 miles with a mix of cinder, road, and asphalt.  My goal is to do this in 7 days, averaging out to just over three marathons each day. In preparation, the last few weeks have been quite intense with increasing the volume/mileage I have been putting on my legs for training. This past week alone, I ran over 30 miles each day. With my stellar support crew of Cody Oher, my Dad (John Clifford), along with countless family and friends that will tagging in along the way, I’m confident I can meet the goal. I will also be aiming for the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Empire Trail. The current FKT is an attempt by Ken Burke, in 11 days 16 hours and 35 minutes.

With such a momentous challenge comes a equally worthy cause. Back in 2020, during COVID, I ran across Long Island (131 miles) to support the John Theissen’s Children Foundation (JTCF). We brought together our community to help sick and underprivileged children during the trying times of COVID and beyond. Funds raised from my run across Long Island went towards a family that couldn’t afford furniture because they were paying for their sick child’s medical bills. This is just one story that we played a part in though. The over $16,000 raised went towards several other acts of kindness managed through JTCF, as well. John and his organization have touched thousands of lives. 

There are still so many children in need. John’s foundation allows for us to directly aid those individuals most impacted, in Nassau County. With the holiday season right around the corner, John will be continuing his toy drive, which brings in hundreds of thousands of toys. I am proud to be able to help support this wonderful organization once again. Whether it is offsetting the cost-of-living expenses, helping to pay for medical bills, funding a sick child’s birthday party, or anything in between, the foundation always helps those in need. Please join me, and donate today! No amount is too small.

In addition, if you would like to provide volunteer support by running, biking, or other means, please fill out the below volunteer form. 

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