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N.J. police chief runs 100 miles to help Sandy victims

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Frank Del Vecchio (left) trains for his run (photo: Run For Hope Foundation)

Frank Del Vecchio (left) trains for his run. (Run for Hope Foundation)

The police chief in Fairview, N.J., is running 100 miles to help raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Frank Del Vecchio began his run on Thursday, the New York Daily News reports. If all goes according to plan, he should finish the 100-mile jaunt by Friday. He's been training since Jan. 2.

Del Vecchio told the Daily News that his run was inspired by what people have had to deal with in the aftermath of Sandy. "What they’ve endured for six months, I can endure for them in a 100-mile run," Del Vecchio said.

So far, according to the Daily News, Del Vecchio has raised about $20,000. He expects that figure to rise while he runs. He told the paper he plans to run five-mile stretches followed by one-mile walks. While walking, he'll eat peanut butter sandwiches.

Sandy, which struck the East Coast in October 2012, killed dozens of people and caused billions of dollars in property damage.

This isn't the first time Del Vecchio has gone on an epic run to raise money. According to the Run for Hope Foundation, the police chief recently ran 26 miles and raised $12,000 for a charity dedicated to helping families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.

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