Local Athlete to Bike 1,000-Plus Miles for Charity

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Roy Wiegand, who last year ran for 24 hours for charity, has been training for his more than 1,000-mile journey by taking extended bike rides, carrying several liters of water with him.

Roy Wiegand is trying to bring water to families in the Navajo Nation. When he makes the 12-day trip to bike the more than 1,000 miles between Burbank and Albuquerque, New Mexico, he’ll need plenty of it himself.

The 57-year-old Burbank resident and distance runner has been making physically demanding treks to raise money for charitable organizations for about a decade. On Monday, he’ll start his most daunting journey yet. The bike ride will begin at his house in Burbank and take him to Las Vegas, then to Phoenix and wrapping up his ride in Albuquerque, near the Navajo Nation.

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Runner Makes 24-Hour Charity Trek to Rose Bowl Stadium

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Burbank resident Roy Wiegand ran a 24-hour course from Ventura to Pasadena recently to raise money for the Navajo Water Project, one of multiple humanitarian initiatives he has supported.

Roy Wiegand knew that, when he made his 24-hour run recently, he’d turn some heads. And that was partially by design.
“It intrigues people, like why would anybody go run a hundred miles by themselves,” he said before his run. “This is why, because of the Navajo Water Project … It gets the conversation started.”
Wiegand, a Burbank resident and ultramarathon runner, made the solo trek from Ventura to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Aug. 8 and 9, stopping only for brief periods. Besides loving the challenge of the run, he also did it to raise money for the Navajo Water Project, which provides running water to families living on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
More than 30% of Navajo families don’t have a tap or toilet at home, according to DigDeep, a nonprofit that launched the Navajo Water Project. Many families have to haul water from a public source away from their homes.

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Local Resident to Make 24-Hour Run for Nonprofit

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Burbank resident Roy Wiegand is running from Ventura to Pasadena this weekend to raise money for the Navajo Water Project, one of multiple humanitarian initiatives he has supported.

Roy Wiegand knows that when he makes his 24-hour run this weekend, he’ll turn some heads. And that’s partially by design.
“It intrigues people, like why would anybody go run a hundred miles by themselves,” he said. “This is why, because of the Navajo Water Project … It gets the conversation started.”
Wiegand, a Burbank resident and ultramarathon runner, is making the solo trek from Ventura to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena today and Sunday, stopping only for brief periods. Besides loving the challenge of the run, he’s also doing it to raise money for the Navajo Water Project, which provides running water to families living on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
More than 30% of Navajo families don’t have a tap or toilet at home, according to DigDeep, a nonprofit that launched the Navajo Water Project. Many families have to haul water from a public source away from their homes.

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