CRUSH CANCER AWARENESS

Ben Hall poses at the Under Armour Campus in South Baltimore where he is training for his upcoming Crush Cancer awareness run. Hall has been training at the FX Studios at Silo Point in preparation for his 14-day, 353-mile run to Fulton, New York to raise money for the American Cancer Society. (Photo by Scott Serio / September 28, 2013)

Over the next two weeks, Manchester resident Ben Hall will be traveling from his Carroll County home to the home of his late uncle, Timothy Thurlow, in Fulton, N.Y.

He won't be flying.

He won't be driving or even biking.

He will be running. All 353 miles from Manchester to Fulton, which is about 30 miles north of Syracuse.

Hall, a 31-year-old director of operations for the Baltimore-based landscaping company Lorenz, Inc., will be running the equivalent of a marathon a day for 12 out of the next 14 days.

His goal is to raise awareness for cancer prevention and $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.

"If I can't run and I have to walk, I'll walk. If I can't walk, I'll crawl," Hall said Tuesday. "I'm not in a race, I'm not looking to break any speed records. I'm just looking to endure, but I'm confident I can do this."

Hall, whose aunt and uncle both died from cancer within the past 10 years, said the idea to run from Manchester to Fulton in honor of his relatives just "hit him" while he was vacationing in Florida earlier this year.

"Ever since it entered my head, it hasn't left. It's just consumed me," he said. "This is a goal that I've written down and it's a goal that I need to accomplish."

Hall is scheduled to leave Manchester at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and arrive in Fulton Oct. 12. He will be stopping in 13 cities throughout Pennsylvania and New York after running anywhere from 21.3 miles to 32.8 miles that day.

He has two rest days scheduled throughout the two weeks.

On Saturday, Hall's personal trainer, Chris Sams, will accompany him the 25.7 miles from Manchester to York, Pa. But after that, Hall will be alone with nothing but a stroller containing snacks, water, a change of clothes, a journal, toothbrush, and other essentials.

Sams, who has been Hall's personal trainer for the last two years, described Hall as a great family guy, always out to help others.

"He just seems to be excited for life," he said.

Sams, who last year ran across the country from Baltimore to San Diego to promote physical fitness, said Hall's training regimen has not changed much in advance of his two week, 353-mile run.

Instead, Sams has been helping Hall prepare mentally for the everyday grind of running 20 to 30 miles a day.

"It is a physical burden to run four, five, six hours day after day, but at the same time, you have to pump yourself up to do that," Sams said.

A former high school wrestler, Hall said he began taking physical fitness seriously again at 30. He has been  doing yoga, crossfit training and working with Sams after he gained weight throughout his 20s.

He has been running 15 to 20 miles every Saturday and Sunday for the past few months in preparation for his journey.

"I am going to make every attempt I can to run this, more or less, without too much stopping," Hall said.