A Hamilton man is making good on his promise to run 500 miles in honor of the Hope is in Hamilton initiative. He'll finish up his jaunt in the township this Sunday (May 31st), a final 31-mile leg, according to a press release.

His name is Harold Laudien, and he originally committed to run throughout the month of May to bring awareness to The Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton, where the community can get top-notch cancer prevention screenings and treatment.

But, when the COVID-19 crisis came to our area, the initiative took on new meaning. The coordinators decided it would be best for the initiative to bring hope to the community during this tough time, through sharing stories of kindness and caring in the area.

Laudien's commitment didn't change and he set out to run a few weeks ago.

On Sunday, the community is invited to go out and cheer him on, either somewhere along his route. You can view the full route for Sunday's run on Strava.com.

Or you can join him at Sunday's finish line at The Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton (2575 Klockner Road, Hamilton) at around 11 am.

Feel free to bring pom poms, balloons, confetti shooters, whatever you'd like to congratulate him. This would be the perfect way to recognize his commitment and show him the love in his community. Bring the kids out and show them what a great example Laudien is of hard work and doing for others.

This is certainly a huge accomplishment. Organizers remind us that you should practice social distancing while cheering Harold on.

Laudien will be followed by the GEICOmobile. Watch for Geico team members to be throwing out free little stuffed Geico animals, complete with Hope is in Hamilton t-shirts on them.

Congratulations Harold, from everyone at 94.5 PST.

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