Ultramarathon from Bakersfield to Madera Co raises money for Ronald McDonald House

FRESNO, Calif.

The ultramarathoners and several supporters arrived at the Ronald McDonald House near Children's Hospital Central California late Sunday afternoon. They started at the Ronald McDonald house in Bakersfield just before 7 a.m. Saturday.

The 128 mile run was a fundraiser for the non-profit, which provides a comfortable place for families to stay when their children are in the hospital. The endurance athletes are from the Fresno area as well as the Bay Area and Southern California. Their efforts raised at least $5,000.

"One-hundred percent of the money we raised is going the one in Madera the Central Valley one the Bakersfield one. All the supplies we used during the run, water, food gasoline we all paid for on our own," run organizer David Thull said.

Thull said he was inspired to do this run by his wife, who has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. Along with the four who completed the entire course, three other athletes also ran more than 40 miles each as part of a relay effort.

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