Lexington man running in Boston Marathon to raise money for central Ky. shelter

Published: Apr. 2, 2016 at 1:50 PM EDT
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Josh Nadzam pounds the pavement six days a week.

"I'm up at 5:30, 6 a.m. running 5 to 10 miles a day in the cold," said Nadzam.

He's running 60 miles a week to prepare for the Boston Marathon.

Nadzam hit the ground running in Lexington nine years ago when he came to the city as a walk on for the University of Kentucky’s track team.

He moved here from a small town in Pennsylvania where there was plenty to run from.

"When I was younger my father abused my mother. I can remember being 5, 6 years old, having to call 911, having to plead with the operator to get a police officer to our home," recalled Nadzam.

He and his mother went on to stay at a domestic violence shelter. He hasn't forgotten the help they received so now he's trying to return that same help in the city that helped him recreate his life.

Nadzam is using his training for the Boston Marathon as a platform to raise money for Green House 17, a domestic violence shelter that houses an average of 35 people a day in central Kentucky.

Nadzam hopes to raise $2,040 because that would give the shelter $2 a day for every survivor staying in the shelter in April.

While many of us will never qualify to run in the Boston Marathon, Nadzam says we're all more than qualified to help those in need in central Kentucky.

"This is a way for you to have a stake in the Boston Marathon and also Green House 17,” said Nadzam.

If you would like to give, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/bluegrasstoboston