Elmhurst resident Paul Krauter is a runner but not in the ordinary sense of the word. He is a long distance runner participating in back-to-back marathons and a race of 50 miles. What’s more, he does it to honor his cousin afflicted with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and to raise funds for the Les Turner ALS Foundation in their quest to conquer the disease.

Krauter began running long distance races just last year. Inspired by Running on Empty by ultra-marathoner Marshall Ulrich, he began training for and competed in his first marathon, the Fox Valley Marathon, last year.

After his first marathon, Krauter learned of the Les Turner Foundation’s Run for ALS program. His cousin, Tom Verachtert, has been fighting the disease since 2009, and Krauter dedicated himself to completing three back-to-back races in 2013 – the Advocate Dryer Fox Valley Marathon in September, the Chicago Marathon in October, and the North Face Endurance Challenge to be held this month. So far, he has collected more than $2,000 for the Foundation.

The North Face Endurance Challenge is a 50-mile race with severe elevation changes that proceeds along dirt trails and portions of track that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Despite the struggles of preparing for and participating in this race, Krauter is quick to point out that these are nothing compared to the day-to-day challenge of living with ALS. He says, “I want to run for those who can’t and speak for those who aren’t able to.” To donate to Paul’s efforts, visit www.Run4ALS.org and search for Paul Krauter.

We are very proud to live here in Elmhurst, and we are even more proud of our fellow residents. Why not make your home here, too? All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are happy to help you find the perfect place to call home. Stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst or give us a call at 630-441-5570. We’re here for the long haul.