Grand Rapids man competing in 4x4x48 challenge for local foundation

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – A man from Grand Rapids is resting well after facing a grueling physical challenge this weekend to raise funds for the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” said Calum Spoelma, 21, before starting one of the final stages on Sunday.

Spoelma is one of hundreds of people across the country taking part in the 4x4x48 challenge. It’s the second year for the event, launched by retired Navy Seal David Goggins.

Participants are required to run, bike, or run four miles every four hours for 48 hours starting last Friday.

“Probably the hardest part is the mental part when you get an hour or two of sleep and the alarm goes off and it’s three in the morning or seven in the morning,” Spoelma said.

The challenge can be done for fun or for a specific purpose.

Spoelma decided to raise funds for Hope College’s annual dance marathon, which will benefit the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Foundation. It funds critical treatments and other health services.

“I went to Hope College and did two dance marathons,” said Spoelma. “I’ve seen some of the families and children affected by various rare bone diseases, cancer, and all sorts of really scary things.”

In addition, for every $ 100 Spoelma raised, he added a pound to a vest. It weighed a little over 32 pounds on Sunday afternoon.

“I hope the weight I carry takes some weight off the kids and the families and the things they deal with,” Spoelma said. “The biggest thing you can’t buy is the hope and then the recognition of the community not to see what I’m doing, but that an effect can be achieved at any time and you don’t have to put on a weight vest. Tell people,” Hey “There are people who need help, there are children who need help.”

Hope College Dance Marathon takes place on March 26th. To donate, click here.

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