Local man will run 50 races in 50 weeks for Easter Seals

By Beau Ebenezer

April 19, 2014 Updated Apr 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Runners took off for the first ever Easter Seal's Walk, Run, and Roll.

But for one long-time Easter Seals volunteer, this is just the first leg of a long journey ahead.

"I run six days a week," said runner, Mark Scott. "The running part is the easy part. This is nothing compared to what these kids go through each and every day with their families."

Mark Scott has pledged a work-out of a life-time.

He plans to run at least 50 races in 50 weeks all before he turns 50 years old.

He hopes to raise $100,000.

Half of that will create a special scholarship in the name of 14-year-old, Payton McSimov.

Payton was born with a rare genetic disorder.

Ever since, Easter Seals has provided therapy.

"Easter seals has impacted our lives for 14 years," said Payton's mom, Kristie McSimov. "The great thing for me is that every year something different gets started. We have been a part of so many things, so to come out today and see everybody running is just amazing."

Scott was just one of 400 hundred participants in Saturday's race.

He hopes his 50 for 50 campaign raises awareness and brings even more runners for next year.

Many times this year, Scott will have to run up to three 5Ks a day.

He said all of it's worth bringing smiles to kids like Payton.

You can visit www.phonman.com to learn more about Scott's fundraiser.