Posted in Supporters
May 23rd, 2019

Fit2Fat2Fit trainer Drew Manning and brother Erik run 100 miles for O.U.R.

On June 6th, brothers Drew and Erik Manning will run 100 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness for O.U.R. and victims of child trafficking. By running from Huntington Beach to San Diego, they hope to remind supporters that we enjoy freedoms and liberties in our country that few others experience.

Our objective is to create awareness of the children in this great country who have had their freedoms and liberties taken away from them at such a young age…We will fight to restore these precious children’s freedoms.

Drew and Erik Manning

A 15-minute mile pace

Drew and Erik have been training this past month to prepare for June 6th. Ultra-running is not an easy task physically or emotionally. In order to reach their goal, they will have to maintain around a 15-minute mile pace. When Drew announced this run, he shared that he had never run even a half marathon before they started training! We know these brothers are capable of pushing the limits and making the impossible possible. Their incredible efforts will inevitably advance our fight against modern-day slavery!

Drew Manning and O.U.R. Founder Tim Ballard

Although this goal is unlike anything they have ever accomplished before, Drew and Erik are no strangers to pushing the limits of their minds and bodies. They draw inspiration from the New York Times best-selling book “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins, who overcame abuse, poverty, and obesity to become a world-class ultra-athlete and world record holder. These brothers hike and adventure together often, so when Erik called Drew to ask him if he wanted to join him on this trek for his 45th birthday, Drew couldn’t say no.

For years, we’ve made it a tradition to do something challenging for Drew’s birthday. Recently, distance and time have limited those experiences. It only made sense to push ourselves again for an audacious goal.

Erik Manning
Drew and Erik Manning

Follow their progress!

We are so grateful for the awareness and funds that the Manning brothers are raising through this event. Be sure to follow along their journey before and during race day on June 6th via Facebook and Instagram @fit2fat2fit! You can also find more of their story on their official fundraising page.

No matter what our skills or passions are, you can raise awareness about modern-day slavery in your communities. If you have an idea to raise awareness, get started at my.ourrescue.org/fundraisers. It can be as creative or as simple as you’d like! We need you in this fight.  

About the Manning brothers

Drew Manning
Drew is a fitness trainer, author, and owner of Fit2Fat2Fit. In 2011, he intentionally gained 70 pounds and then worked to lose it again to better understand what his clients experienced in fitness training.

Through the whole experience, Drew emphasized the empathy he gained for his clients and for those working hard to change their lives. He has decided to put his mind and body to the test again, this time to fight child trafficking.

Erik Manning
Erik is passionate about the accessibility of safe food to consumers across the world. This drive helped him found the software company, Freshability. As Co-Founder, Erik has developed systems to leverage modern mobile technologies with the goal to continually improve the food industry.

He knows that when the wellness of his mind, body, and spirit are aligned – he experiences true happiness in his life. He has competed as an individual and team member in numerous distance races. He enjoys experimenting with products, regimens, and methods from podcasts such as Fit2Fat2Fit. He credits God, his family (wife and children), parents (including being one of eleven children), background in wrestling, football and other sports for this internal drive to continually push himself.”

Quotes that Erik uses as inspiration:
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up.” -John Andrew Holmes
“The pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret”.  – Author Unknown

What can YOU Do?


Create your own YOURrescue campaign!

Use your talents to spread awareness and raise funds for the cause. We need everyone in the fight against trafficking!

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