Virginia Man runs 168 miles to raise money for kids in need


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 59-year-old Virginia man faced long days and fluctuating weather as he ran to raise money for children in need.

Steve Scott started his five-day journey Tuesday in Danville, Virginia. He completed the 168-mile run to Richmond Saturday afternoon with the Henrico County Police Department leading the way.

Scott said no matter how his body felt or what he may have thought at the time, there were a few reasons why he never quit.

“The kids, the smile on their faces and the good Lord,” Scott told NewsNation Affiliate WRIC.

He said, during the pandemic, it’s important to stay positive.

“The kids are our future and the kids right here, you know, some of them don’t have moms or dads,” he said. “And I just want to let them know, I’m 59 years old, if you have goals go after it and we were able to raise over 20,000 dollars.”

At the finish line, Scott was greeted by his family, friends and co-workers celebrating his accomplishment with food and some music.

Steve Scott with his support team at the finish line Oct. 24, 2020. (Photo: D’Andre Henderson)

Susan Moss, Co-founder of Head Up Eyes Forward, an organization that remembers her late son while providing apparel for the active lifestyle said this is only the beginning.

“I would say the journey is not complete, we are just starting this journey together, and we have a lot further to go.”

After Scott has finished this race, he and Moss discussed what he would be doing to celebrate this accomplishment.

“He’s going to eat a lot,” Moss said.

And Scott didn’t shy away from that notion.

“I’ll probably eat a lot, spend some time with my wife,” Scott said. “We have some family coming down from Fredericksburg, my sister, Ronnie we’re just going to chill out and relax, and I’ll take me a good ole Epsom salt bath.”

Scott said if you take anything away from his journey let it be these two things.

“Just always remember this, put a goal out there go after it,” he said. ” And number two is always keep your heads up and your eyes forward and don’t look behind you.”

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