UPDATE: We did it! Two huge goals met thanks to YOU!
#1 - We raised over $40,000 so far that will go directly to front-line hospitality team members currently out of work due to the pandemic.
#2 - We set a NEW FKT (fastest known time) by covering 245.1 miles across the entire length of the Kaity Trail in 3 days, 14 hours and 6 minutes!
St. Louis Public Radio interview with Sarah Fenske: https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/running-hospitality-workers-drury-hotels-exec-sets-fastest-known-time-katy-trail
Combining two of my passions, I will be attempting to set a fastest known time (FKT) for a run across the entire length of the 237-mile Katy Trail while raising funds in support of our frontline hospitality workers who find themselves temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.
100% of your tax-deductible donation to the Helping Hospitality Urgent Aid Grant Program of the 501(c)3 Above and Beyond Foundation goes to housekeepers, front desk agents, meeting planners, food & beverage associates and others who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. I have worked side-by-side with these caring and giving people throughout a +30-year career in the hospitality industry and my respect is profound. These are people who were born to serve and now is our chance to return the favor.
The Katy Trail spans the width of the State of Missouri and is the longest recreational rail trail in the U.S. The record for covering the Katy Trail on foot is 3 days 18 hours 12 minutes and 3 seconds. I plan to start at the trailhead in Clinton (southwest of Kansas City) at 4 AM on Friday, May 22, 2020, and will have to make it to Machens (north of St. Louis) by 10:12 PM on Monday, May 25, 2020 to break the FKT record.
Can I do it? I honestly don't know. But just like all those struggling to get through some very difficult times, I will do my best to persevere. Your support will mean a lot to me and to each of those helped by your generosity.
I'll also be providing semi-regular updates on social media (when I have cell service!).
Sr. Vice President & Chief Operating Officer