Tucson man runs for half a day, raises thousands for food bank

Tucson man runs for half a day, raises thousands for food bank

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - "If there's one thing I can do to make a difference, run and raise money in that way - I'm willing to do that," said Dan Heston.

From 5 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock at night, Heston took the Mountain View High School track by storm.

He ran the equivalent of two marathons and a 'fun run' - 62 miles.

"People don't push themselves hard enough or far enough as often as they should," he said.

This massive run is a tradition he's continued over the last six years. He chooses a different location each time. Last year, he ran the El Tour route.

All of this effort is to raise money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

"I saw the look of joy on their face when somebody they weren't expecting walked in with 1200 dollars. I had done something like this to raise that money," he said.

This year he raised more than $13,000 for the nonprofit, a cause he's passionate about.

"We're in it like everybody else. People that are economically strapped just can't afford the food," Heston said.

While he's helping the community, he said he's also helping himself.

“You get away from everything. You get to distance yourself from reality in a way, get away from everything. It kind of gets your mind right,” he explained. “It kind of humbles me and brings me down to reality. You know we’re all capable of great things.”

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