Rich McCleary, general manager of the Manahawkin Applebee’s (center), completes his fourth 100-mile ultra-marathon with his brother-in-law, A.J. Johnson (right), as supporters celebrate his accomplishment on June 25, to raise money and awareness for Ocean of Love, an Ocean County-based charity that helps children with cancer. Rich began his route at the Sunset Pavilion on Cape May Beach and finished at his very own Manahawkin Applebee’s with a time of 27 hours. Previously 135 lbs. overweight, Rich changed his lifestyle and fell in love with distance running and has been holding fundraising events for Ocean of Love since 2007. Over the past three years, the Manahawkin Applebee’s raised $44,900 for Ocean of Love, and Rich and his team are working to raise $10,000 in 2017 through a number of initiatives. Rich’s effort has raised more than $5,000 to date. To support the cause, donations can be made online athttp://www.active.com/donate/OOL100milerun.
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