On August 27th 2012, Ten years after Kevin died tragically in a pole vaulting accident, ten runners ran a 1000 mile relay World Record to celebrate Kevin’s life. From the vaulting pit at The University of Minnesota where Kevin lost his life, the runners passed through six states on their way to The Pennsylvania State University, where Kevin grew up, went to school, and died proudly competing for.
The World Record stood at 99 hours 3 minutes and 27 seconds. In honor of Kevin, and in the spirit of his competitiveness and ambition the runners undertook a grueling non-stop schedule to set a new World Record of 95 hours 3 minutes and 4 seconds.
All money raised in support of this attempt will be used to support the new Kevin Dare Foundation mission: to provide University scholarships to high achieving high school athletes who have suffered a debilitating illness or injury. “Life… back on track” exemplifies this mission to help wonderful people that have suffered a tragic setback to achieve the high academic goals that they have set for themselves.
From fighting bullies, to helping handicapped strangers pick up books, Kevin was known for supporting the underdog and standing up for what he believed was right. He was fiercely competitive and a high achiever. Through the foundation, his family hopes that his legacy can continue to positively effect those around him by helping those in need back to their feet.