He’s running for their lives.
Brooklyn man Matthew Fertig is raising money for the gun reform advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety by running 120 miles this weekend, from Manhattan to Montauk.
The long-distance runner told the Hamptons weekly Dan’s Papers that the herculean equivalent of 4-and-a-half marathons on Saturday and Sunday is a response to the Parkland, Florida, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, where deranged gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people.
“I was a senior in high school when the Parkland shooting happened and know several people that lost friends and family that day,” the 22-year-old said. “Sadly, four years later, we have made little progress in the fight to prevent gun violence and mass shootings in this country.”
Fertig has raised more than $6,400 of the $15,000 goal on a GoFundMe page as of early Saturday afternoon. He said more than 10 people have signed up to run at least one leg of the journey with him.