Glad you asked! It is 1.204 miles from Raton, NM (where ZIA Youth is located) to Cincinnati, Ohio. Jeff McLean is making the trek there, on foot. His partner, Linda Headley will drive the support vehicle for the 43 days it will take to get there. The trip was already planned as a road trip so they could run the Flying Pig Marathon (Jeff, obviously) and 5K (Linda). Then Jeff had an idea, why not make it a fundraiser and have an adventure?
Yes. Jeff is crazy. But he is also passionate about helping the youth in his town have a safe, fun environment while not in school.
Good question. ZIA youth is still in the early stages of development. We are currently looking for a building to operate out of. In the meantime, we need startup funds. This money will get programs set up, pay for initial costs to get a building up to code, stock food for daily meals, etc. ZIA Youth will be located in Raton, NM.
Jeff and Linda are two members of the ZIA Youth Executive Committee. They are also on the ZIA Youth Board. Furthermore, they will be two of the people operating ZIA youth from the beginning on a volunteer basis. Jeff has lived in New Mexico since 2013 and in Raton since January 2018. Linda is a 3rd generation Ratonian and was 1993 graduate of Raton High. Want to know more? Shoot us an email with any questions.
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