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South Boston News
Steve Scott / October 19, 2020

A Danville man will pass through Halifax County this week as part of herculean effort to raise money to help at-risk children in Richmond, home of his employer, Cobb Technologies.

Steve Scott’s goal? Running 168 miles in five days — the equivalent of six and a half marathons in the span of the regular work week.

“This type of run is crazy and unheard of,” said Noah Maphis, director of Outreach at Cobb Technologies, of Scott’s quest.

A service technician who lives in Danville, Scott is running from Danville to Richmond to support Imprint, Cobb Technologies’ charitable arm. Each year, Imprint hosts a fundraiser to support Richmond children who lack basic necessities and need support. Normally, Imprint sponsors a fundraising golf tournament.

With this year’s event postponed because of the pandemic, Scott took it upon himself to fill the breach. An avid marathon runner and racquetball player, he ran the idea of a five-day run by Maphis, and Cobb Technologies and Imprint took Scott up on his offer.

“I was compelled to help with the idea of running,” said Scott.

He will begin the challenge on Tuesday, setting off from Danville at 1:30 p.m. with a goal of arriving in South Boston about 5:30 p.m. His first night’s stay will be at the Fairfield Inn on Bill Tuck Highway.

From South Boston, he plans to continue running to Farmville on Wednesday, the longest single leg of his journey. After staying overnight in a donated hotel room, Scott plans to run some 30 miles on Thursday from Farmville to Amelia, repeating the run on Friday to take advantage of the free lodging in Farmville. The final leg on Saturday will bring him to Glen Allen, where Cobb Technologies is headquartered. On Saturday, he will be accompanied by other runners who will encourage him on the arduous final run to the western outskirts of Richmond.

“Several running groups plan to hook up with me in Amelia and finish the last leg,” said Scott.

Scott finished his first marathon at Myrtle Beach in March 2016. (He started running marathons when he could no longer find a place in Danville to play racquetball, following construction of the city’s new YMCA, which does not have racquetball courts.) Since then he has completed three Boston marathons; if the Boston Marathon had not been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this would have been Scott’s fourth year. He also has completed seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

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