Runner Goes the Extra 500 Miles for Ethanol

Tom Andrews, a 48-year-old amateur long distance runner from Richfield, Minnesota, will soon be running on foot in the hopes that he can inspire more people to run their vehicles on ethanol.

Jefferson City, Missouri – August 6, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Andrews passionately supports ethanol, because he believes its use can help contribute to a dramatic reduction in air pollution that is currently caused by the consumption of fossil fuels. Andrews, who is a member of the American Lung Association Running Club, will complete the E85 Run for Clean Air, a two-week, total of 500-mile marathon, from Fargo, North Dakota to St. Paul, Minnesota. The purpose of the ultra-marathon is to heighten awareness of the ethanol-based renewable fuel product, E85, which is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Defined as an alternative fuel by the U.S. Department of Energy, E85 today can power almost three million flexible-fuel vehicles on the road. “Just picture 100,000 vehicles on the road, each filled with E85 instead of gasoline,” Andrews said. “Think about all the oil we wouldn’t have to import or drill for to keep these vehicles rolling. More importantly, consider the positive impact this would have on our environment, especially in the Twin Cities, where my family and I work and live.” His wife Eva and two-year-old son, Kevin, will accompany Andrews. They will stop at many of the 80 fueling locations in Minnesota that offer E85, ethanol plants and car dealerships on his journey. Special events are planned at numerous stops along the route including the eventýs finish line on September 27 at the State Capitol. His progress will be broadcast via the Internet and radio. “The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is very excited about this run because the idea is so original,” said Mark Hamerlinck, Communications Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. “This event is especially significant in that the idea was brought about by a person concerned about clean air. Tom brought this idea to the American Lung Association of Minnesota; and the idea ran from there. The E85 Run for Clean Air is sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, several county corn grower organizations, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, Minnesota Coalition for Ethanol, U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities, American Lung Association of Minnesota and other E85 advocates.
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