Former Blackfoot man to run across Idaho
This morning, as most of us were wiping the sleep from our eyes and heading to work, former Blackfoot resident was beginning a 435-mile run across Idaho.
Starting from Fruitland, about 50 miles west of Boise, Evans will run about 50 miles a day until he reaches his home in Victor.
Evans is running to raise funds for the Tenley Foundation, a nonprofit organization which distributes funds to the families of children with cancer.
Evans explained that the organization provides funds for unexpected expenses, such as an extra trip to Salt Lake City, that insurance won't cover.
"I'm a cancer survivor myself so I understand what they're going through because I've been there," Evans said.
He won his battle with prostrate cancer when he had surgery at the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City seven years ago.
Evans is the son of Ludell and Ruth (deceased) Evans of Blackfoot. He graduated from BHS in 1990.
"It helps to have a higher purpose to get you up each morning," Evans said of his decision to raise funds for the Tenley Foundation during his run.
He will log his progress on his Facebook page, Mike's Extra Mile. Donations can be made at www.MikesExtraMile.blogspot.com.
After graduating from high school, Evans has attended culinary school, has worked construction and done other jobs. He is now an apprentice electrician.
He has been running ultra-marathons, which are double the normal distance, for the past six years.
His sister Stephanie Shutes is helping him in his quest to complete his trek.