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60 miles for 60 days: riding for a cause

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A father and his son running 60 miles a day for 60 days. That's how the Evans family has decided to spend their summer, a more than 3,200 mile trek across the country. A father and his son running 60 miles a day for 60 days. That's how the Evans family has decided to spend their summer, a more than 3,200 mile trek across the country.
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A father and his son running 60 miles a day for 60 days. That's how the Evans family has decided to spend their summer, a more than 3,200 mile trek across the country.

"When Shaun is given an idea he literally runs with it," says Nichole Evans. Her husband, Shaun is a marathon runner, and his running partner is their 9 year old son Shamus.

"He's taught me so much about believing in yourself and realizing anything is possible," says Shaun.

Shamus has cerebral palsy, a special chair pushed by his dad, allows him to accompany his father on runs. Two years ago the two won an ultra-marathon.

"Wheels were already spinning on what we could do next," says Shaun. "What could be bigger than that?"

It was then that Shamus asked what if they ran an Ultra-marathon everyday all summer.

"You could see a lightbulb go off in his head and he said we should do that," says Shaun.

Everyday for months Shamus asked his parents if they could make the trip and for months his parents made excuses why they couldn't. One day, however, Shamus came up with the perfect motivation. He decided they could donate a chair, like his, to one family in every state they cross, that way everyone can run.

"So they can feel the wind in their face," says Shamus.

After two years of planning and fundraising the family set off on their cross-country journey on the Fourth of July. Today marked the end of day six of a long 60 day journey to pay it forward.

"Seeing that joy in the child's face, that pulls me from stop to stop."

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