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Kaempf running challenge raises $3,000 for charities

Completes 4x4x48 running challenge, and reaches fundraising goal.
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Amy Kaempf, as she prepares to run her 10th leg, at midnight, October 24, 2021.

After running for 48 hours and covering more than 48 miles, Amy Kaempf has completed her 4x4x48 running challenge, and reached her fundraising goal of $3,000.

"It was definitely intense, definitely a challenge, but in the same breath it was absolutely amazing. I was really emotional at the end when I realized what I just did, running for 48 hours on very little sleep and little rest in between," Kaempf said. 

Starting October 22 at noon, Kaempf ran four miles every four hours, for 48 hours, concluding at noon on Sunday, October 24. 

In fact, Kaempf actually went above and beyond, as her 12 p.m. run on Sunday was the 13th leg, for a total of 52 miles run. 

"I had a friend who had done the challenge message me and say that I didn't need to do the final leg, that I had already done the 48 miles. But for me, if I'm doing 48 hours, it didn't make sense to stop before then," said Kaempf. 

Not that final leg, or any of them, were easy by any means. 

"The first 24 hours went by considerable fast. I thought 'oh my gosh, I'm already on to the next day.' But it really hit me at 8 am on Sunday, the 12th leg. The last two runs are when my body started telling me how sore it was," she said.

"The one thing my trainer told me and I told myself was that I couldn't quit. There was no way in my mind I was going to quit. I was willing to crawl, do whatever it took, to raise the money for these charities."

She raised $3,000, and will $1,000 each to the Dawson Creek Public Library’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, the Nawican Bergeron Youth and Cultural Centre, and the Dawson Creek Senior Citizen Association. She had people sending her e-transfer donations throughout the weekend, had a $300 donation from Grid Iron Fitness, and was surprised with a cheque for $750 from Peace Country Toyota, where she began each run, at her final leg. Short of her goal, an anonymous business donated the remaining amount needed to ensure each charity would get $1,000. 

"Thank you to everyone who supported me. Everyone who honked, waved, and told me I was crazy and they couldn't believe what I was doing. It was very rewarding."

For her 12 am and 4 am runs on both nights, Corporal Trevor Vokins with the Dawson Creek RCMP biked alongside Kaempf for an added sense of safety and encouragement, and he drove his vehicle alongside her for her final run at 12 p.m. on October 24.

Kaempf set out to do the challenge to prove to herself she could, and to raise money for charities dear to her, and she did exactly that. She's had community members suggest she do it next year and they would join in.

"Who knows, maybe I'll do it again, or make it an annual thing."


Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca