INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Park Tudor senior Ryan Betz has run 44 half-marathons since the start of high school, and he’s doing it to help others.
Betz started “Ryan Running” the summer after eighth grade, a project where he’d run a half-marathon in all 50 states, and in the process raise $100,000 to help other kids afford Park Tudor.
“Indianapolis has given me so much the past 17 years, so I thought I love running, how do I combine my love of running and helping inner city kids,” said Betz.
So far, he’s raised $45,000 towards his goal. Once he graduates later this year, the money will go into an endowment that will help one underprivileged student pay for Park Tudor tuition each year. They hope to give out the first scholarship in 2015.
“I was blown away by his maturity as he presented this to me,” said Park Tudor head of school Dr. Matthew D. Miller. “It’s not every day that a student walks in my office and says ‘I have an idea, I’ve developed the idea, here’s my plan for what I want to do with it, and here’s how I’m going to give back with this idea,’ so it speaks volumes about the sort of person he’s become. I think he’s extraordinary.”
For more information on how you can get involved in “Ryan Running,” head to Ryanrunning.org.
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