Wilmington man running 100 miles backwards to raise money for Boys and Girls Club


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–One Wilmington athlete is about to take on a challenge you and I would never think of doing. Starting tomorrow at Wrightsville Beach Tracy McCullen will run 100 miles and not in the way you may think. 

 The marathon runner will take on the challenge of running 100 miles backwards. He plans to complete the challenge in 100 hours with the hope of raising $100,000 to build a ‘Track of Optimism & Field of Dreams’ for the Community Boys & Girls in Wilmington.

“It’s all for good and it’s all for the good of these kids,” McCullen says. “Honestly you know that’s where my heart is, here with the kids and this whole community. Everyone will benefit tremendously from this Track of Optimism and Field of Dreams.”

Some might ask, why would McCullen even considered doing this? Since turning 50 the Wilmington athlete has ran 22 marathons in 11 years, with two of those being done backwards. His latest backwards race was the Wrightsville Beach Marathon and he never imagined after finishing that race that he would ever consider it again.

“After the last one I’m like okay that was a big success, but I don’t need to do that again,” says McCullen. “So, ironically it’s funny how you think you are going to go in one direction, next thing you know you’re going in another direction.”

McCullen plans to complete 100 mile run over four days running 25 miles per day. He will start in the mornings and run into the early evening from Thursday to Sunday. He says he knows it won’t be easy, but he hopes he can be inspiration to those both young and old.

“I want to be an inspiration to these young kids at the club, in the community, and maybe one day in the whole world,” McCullen says. “I want everyone to set high goals for yourself, believe in yourself, and never give up. Keep smiling and keep moving forward with calm confidence and invincible determination.”

For more information on McCullen’s 100 mile journey or if you want to donate to his cause you can visit 100 Ultra 4 Kids website.

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