Professional fitness competitor and Virginia Beach resident, Ashley Horner, is currently running 230 miles along the coast in Haiti for charity.
Tuesday is the second day of the fundraising ulta run and she is seeking help from the local community.
Horner’s goal was to raise $28,000 for the Maison Fortune Orphanage and Primary School located in Hinche, Haiti, which was founded in 2000. As of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, nearly $33,000 was raised. Horner has raised the goal to $56,000.
The main purpose of the school is to raise awareness and funds to help make sure their residents are empowered to become the future leaders of Haiti.
“I can’t really explain it but the country of Haiti has always been in my heart,” said Horner, who is the owner of the gym American Sled Dogs in Virginia Beach, and is using the hashtag #AshleyRunsHaiti on social media.
“I’ve been patient and just waiting for an opportunity to do something like this.”
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Residents back home can also download the phone app Athlinks Race Day from the app store, then search “Ashley Runs Haiti”. From there, you can see announcements from day 1 and receive real-time updates on her run pacing and location in Haiti.
Horner, an accomplished soccer player who competed for the Guam national team, is hoping to complete the run alongside two of her sons, Cash, 7, and Tripp, 9, along with students from the school. Her youngest son, Otto, just turned 2.
“I am going to try and finish in three days,” Horner said. “I will definitely take advantage of some night running as it will be cooler outside in the evening.”
From Port au Prince, Horner’s planned route will take her through Saint-Marc, north through Cape Haitian and then finally into Hinche, where the orphanage is located.
Last year, Horner ran from Virginia Beach to Wilmington, N.C. to support the Unbroken Movement Foundation that she started. The 280-mile trek also raised money for the Benefited Safe Haven House in Burgaw, N.C.
After five long days of running along the side of the road and dealing with the different weather conditions, she exceeded her fundraising goal and, because of her efforts, she was able to cut a check for $18,000 toward the local safe shelter for women and children.
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