ROB'S RUN - AUGUST 5-7, 2017

Playa Venice Rotarian Rob DeCou is racing from Death Valley to the portal of Mt. Whitney to raise funds to End Polio Now


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Playa Venice Rotarian Rob DeCou will be running from the Badwater Basin in Death Valley to the portal of Mt. Whitney from August 5-7, 2017 in an effort to raise funds for End Polio Now. 
One of my passions in life and an organization I owe a great deal of gratitude for my personal and professional growth is Rotary International. As a member of the Playa Venice Rotary club I was able to join forces with District 5280 in Los Angeles and with the leadership of Rotary District Governor Cozette Vergari have come up with a goal and a plan to raise over $250,000 that will go towards the End Polio Now campaign.  This financial goal takes advantage of the extremely generous hearts of the Rotary community while also leveraging the Rotary Foundations matching grants and most significantly the 2-1 matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that have been instrumental these last few years to helping ride Polio from the face of this planet. 
Badwater Basin is known as the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level and near the spot where the hottest temperatures on the planet was recorded: 134 degrees in 1913.  Badwater and Whitney Portal are located about 135 road miles from one another.  Drive time is about 2 in a half hours, run time for Rob is approximately 60 hours.  Elevation at the Whitney Portal is 8,361 feet, and the Mt. Whitney Summit a short 11 miles switchback trail away with an elevation of 14,508. 
Rob “Lionheart” DeCou will be joined in the run by two fellow ultra runners and incredible Native American athletes Maria “Mariposa” Walton, and David “Alapatwu – Running Deer” Nelson.   For moral support and encouragement a group of Rotarians will also be joining along the route across Death Valley as well as at locations around Los Angeles on Monday evening around 6:00pm to celebrate the finish of this event. Please contact Gail Goldstein at if you want to additional information about where to meet up and join in the festivities. 

cheer on rob from the starting and finishing line parties across district 5280! 




To be properly credited for your donation to End Polio Now, make checks payable to "The Rotary Foundation" and send to:
Rotary District 5280 Office
8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90045



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