Bill Butcher has been involved in extreme endurance racing around the world for the past decade. He has participated in more than 100 races around the United States and across the globe. These ultra-endurance races vary from 10 day running/biking/sea kayaking events through Australia, 5 day adventure races through the jungles of Costa Rica, and 6 day running races across the summits of the Rocky Mountains. In July 2011, Butcher will attempt to run what is globally recognized as ‘the world’s toughest footrace’, the Badwater Ultramarathon to raise money for the Drew and Maggie Fund. This legendary event fields 90 of the world's toughest athletes against one another and the brutal elements of Death Valley. 135 miles non-stop from the lowest point to the highest point in the continental United States - Death Valley to Mt. Whitney! Imagine running more than 5 marathons in a row, all uphill, in temperatures up to 130F, all on pavement with surface temperatures up to 200F. It is easy to understand why it is called the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet! The 34th anniversary race will be held July 11-13, 2011.
The Drew and Maggie Fund provides direct financial support to organizations and programs that are focused on improving the lives and personal development in children. Today, the fund accomplishes this mission through various channels: funding leadership development programs targeted at kids, funding scholarships based on financial need, funding programs geared towards introducing at risk kids to the outdoors, funding for the Challenged Athletes Fund. Bill realizes the value in instilling a sense of confidence into children early in their lives. "It is very rewarding to see children develop a level of self-esteem and confidence for the first time in their young lives," states Butcher.