Chasing Charity in a Turkey Costume

January 10, 2013 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

As a semi-professional triathlete and running fanatic, Mike Buenting has run many marathons. But Mike has never run a marathon starting in dead last in a turkey costume like he did at this year’s Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5K in Minneapolis. As the marathon’s official Transamerica Turkey Chaser, Mike was challenged by Life Time Fitness to start the race in last place, and see how many runners he could pass before he crossed the finish line, all while wearing a turkey costume.

For every participant Mike passed, Transamerica donated $1 to Second Harvest Heartland. After waiting almost 30 minutes for all the participants to start the race, Mike passed 14,500 runners out of a record 17,000 plus participants, raising a total of $14,500 for Second Harvest Heartland to help fight hunger in our community!

Thank you to Life Time Fitness and Transamerica for partnering in fun and unique ways to help fight hunger in our community. In addition to the $14,500 donation by Transamerica, Life Time Fitness also delivered two full truckloads of food donated by marathon participants to our warehouse.

And sincere thanks to Mike Beunting for his eagerness to run over three miles in a turkey costume—all to help provide food for our hungry neighbors!


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