A Cornwall schoolteacher aims to raise £60,000 for children's charity Chicks by running thousands of miles in 70 days this summer.
Bob Brown, who works at Stoke Climsland Primary School near Callington, is to take part in 'Run Across America 2004', one of the toughest endurance races in the world. The route begins in Los Angeles and crosses the United States to the east coast.
Sponsored by his pupils and local community, Brown's efforts will enable hundreds of disadvantaged children to enjoy a holiday break with the Devon-based charity.
Brown's costs will be covered by Ginsters, a Cornwall-based food manufacturer.
"Only a handful of people in the world would dare to undertake this event," said Larry File, controller at Ginsters. "We were immensely impressed with his courage."
Supporters will be able to chart Brown's progress on www.bobbysrun.co.uk.