The 24 in 24 was invented in 2015 by local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Anna Dey. The event was intended to challenge participants while simultaneously raising funds for Landon, a local child battling Leukemia. The first 24 in 24 was held indoors on the treadmills at Anytime Fitness Concord, which has been the event's presenting sponsor ever since. In year one, 15 Challengers attempted to run one mile every hour for 24 consecutive hours, and the event raised $13,000 for Landon.

When the check was delivered to Landon's family, we looked at Landon. What would this money, intended to be used for medical bills, do to make his life better? Would it take away his pain, his fear, and his hard days as he went through treatment? While the amount raised was significant, would it even make a dent in the ever increasing medical bills these families face?

We realized at that moment that this fundraiser needed to do something more for these families, and specifically for these kids. We wanted to help provide wishes for these children. We wanted to bring them joy.

And with that, we changed our tune and our intention. The mission of The 24 in 24 became, "To grant wishes for children battling life threatening illnesses in our community by facilitating a a physically demanding 24 hour challenge."

With this change in intention, Anna met with a local charity, A Special Wish Cleveland Foundation, and they became our event beneficiary. We raised $31,000 for our Wish Kids in year two, and truly realized the potential for this event. We believed The 24 in 24 could one day change the lives of hundreds of families for the better, and we became committed to its growth.

In 2017, we officially moved our event to Classic Park, Home of the Lake County Captains, where we have hosted it ever since. Our field of Challengers grew gradually until we arrived at 200, which is where we now cap our event (with a wait list!).

To date, the 24 in 24 has raised an incredible $423,000 for A Special Wish Cleveland Foundation. This charity has a $0.97 on the dollar pass through directly to children battling life-threatening illnesses. A Special Wish is an award winning organization with a focus on helping as many children as possible, while stretching every dollar as far as it can go.

There are many parties which we couldn't do this event without. We couldn't do it without our community, including the companies which sponsor our Teams and Miles, as well as those who donate food and supplies. We couldn't do it without our incredible Challengers who attempt to run one mile every hour for 24 hours for the benefit of another. We couldn't do it without our donors who support our runners' efforts and are the entire reason we can host this event. We couldn't do it without A Special Wish Cleveland, specifically Eileen Lane Beudert and Jason Beudert, who have become not just our fundraiser's beneficiary, but our partners in this great undertaking. And finally we couldn't do it without our Event Director and Creator Anna Dey, who has been unwavering in her commitment to its growth, as well as her family members Michael Dey and Von Hollingsworth, who have taken on the Challenge each year and helped coordinate and execute it alongside her.

In 2020, we intend to surpass half a million dollars raised for these kids at our 6th Annual event, and we hope you will be a part of it. This year we are running for Vivi, our brave 2019 Wish Kid who may have lost her battle with cancer, but who will continue to inspire us to do more for these kids for an eternity. #The24in24