BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – In 2004 Beavercreek’s father, Randy Kreill, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. He was 42 years old at the time and wanted to take control of his health.

“Instead of being scared of something I didn’t want, I turned around to focus on something I wanted that was positive,” he explained.

Kreill discovered and read “Born to run”A book detailing how the Tarahumara Indians used a plant-based diet and lifestyle based on walking barefoot to stay healthy and complete.

In the past ten years, Kreill has changed his lifestyle and started running “ultra marathons”. Ultra marathons are all distances over 50km and he has run more than 71km in the last ten years. Some of these marathons were more than 100 miles long.

Kreill credits his positive thinking, plant-based diet, and minimalist “barefoot-inspired” style Sandals for his success.

In 2020, two global events prompted him to take his running to the next level.

When the coronavirus pandemic first started, Kriell said he saw so many people in need in his community.

“So many people were unemployed, people were starving … so I thought maybe I could do my 100 mile run and raise money for the food bank here in Dayton,” he said.

On that first attempt, he ran from Beavercreek to Loveland Ohio and back … more than 100 miles in total. He raised more than $ 1,500.

Then, after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and subsequent protests and rallies, his daughters inspired him to do another race. This time he ran from Beavercreek to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. He again raised more than $ 1,500 to donate to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.

Through his racing and humanity, Kriell continues to heal his body from cancer. He feels in top form and wants to keep running for many years to come. He also hopes to inspire others to adopt healthy lifestyles and live well.

“I hope it never ends when I can take on these adventures and ask my body to do crazy things,” he said.

For more information on Kreill’s marathon methods and journey, see here