Father of four first to run 163 Miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge

NEEDHAM, Mass. – One year ago, Adam Scully-Power couldn’t run two miles without stopping. Next month, he will run for two days straight without stopping.

On Friday afternoon, Aug. 2, Scully-Power will leave from the Pan-Mass Challenge starting line at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. with the intention of running 163 miles to the Provincetown, Mass. finish line by Sunday morning, Aug. 4.

What’s more unusual than a man determined to run 163 miles is that he’ll share the rode with some 5,500 PMC cyclists. Their combined goal is to raise $38 million for cancer research and patient care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. When he finishes, Scully-Power will be the first person to ever run the Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon that was founded in 1980 and is the most successful athletic fundraising event in the nation, raising and contributing more money to charity than any other. To date, the PMC has raised and contributed $375 million to Dana-Farber.

Scully-Power grew up in Connecticut, went to college in Massachusetts and works for Columbia Management, a global asset-management firm headquartered in Boston. He decided to run the PMC, thus turning a bike-a-thon into the most ultra of ultra-marathons, after reflecting on the tragic bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon.

“I wanted to do something as a tribute to the victims of the bombings and to honor runners worldwide,” Scully-Power says.  “What do I think of running 163 miles? It is daunting but doable. If you asked me that question last year, I would have said I’d never do that, not in a million years.”  In addition to achieving the physical goal of running 163 miles, Scully-Power will run to raise $25,000 for the PMC.

Today Scully-Power speaks to groups about changing his diet, losing 50 pounds and becoming an ultra-marathoner. Over the past few months, he’s run two ultra-marathons, logging 100 and 110 miles, each within 24 hours. His message is that people are capable of so much more than they think they are and that nothing great happens without a team. His motto is an African proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."  

The PMC welcomes Scully-Power to the event and is grateful for the money he will raise for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber.  “To us, Adam is a ‘virtual rider,’ sharing our mission and route,” says PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr.

About the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge:

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry and today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. This year’s goal is to raise $38 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC, an annual bike-a-thon that spans up to 190 miles, is a model of fundraising efficiency, donating 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to the cause. Since the PMC’s 1980 inception, the event has raised $375 million. The 34th annual PMC is Aug. 3 and 4. For more information about the PMC, or to register to ride, visit pmc.org.