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Western Youth Network Employee to Run Over 108 Miles to Raise Awareness for WYN PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:31

The Western Youth Network, which is headquartered in Boone, recently received the news that one of their two grants funding their after school program has been cut as well as all state funding for their mentor program.  One WYN employee took this news as a challenge to raise awareness and possibly funds for the organization.


According to WYN’s Jennifer Grubb, her co-worker, Matt Jenkins, vowed to run 108.4 miles over three Sundays to raise awareness and money for WYN.  Grubb said after Sunday, August 23, Jenkins will have run to every school in Watauga County.


Grubb said, “We didn’t ask him to do this, he totally just came up with the idea and it’s really important to him to do it.  We’re just hoping that at some point we do get a little bit of funding or attention out of it because it’s important to our kids.”


Jenkins got started on Sunday when he ran from Boone United Methodist Church, where WYN holds one of their after school programs, to the old Cove Creek School, where WYN holds their other after school program.  As if running the 22 miles wasn’t enough of a challenge, Jenkins ran without wearing shoes or socks.


Grubb explained, “Occasionally Matt will run in socks, but for this it was important for him to go the distance and do the whole barefoot thing.”


While Jenkins’ barefoot run was held Sunday, Grubb said Jenkins will be wearing shoes for his next two runs.

Jenkins has worked with WYN for over a year, has run over 40 marathons, and served in the Unites States Marine Corps.


Jenkins’ run has already began gathering interest as ECR Software Corporation, of Boone, has sponsored the effort, calling it the ECR Software Corporation Youth Run.


Interested residents can learn how to get involved with WYN online at


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