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Mike Epler Successfully Completes the Gobi March (250K) Race in China

28 June 2012 5 Comments

Mike Epler of Aura's House Races to Raise Funds

Congratulations are in order for Aura’s House Partner, Mike Epler who recently completed one of the world’s most grueling endurance races! The Gobi March (China) is part of the 4 Deserts series (RacingThePlanet) which was again named by TIME magazine as the #1 footrace in the world, and as one of the world’s top 10 endurance events.

Mike chose to use the race as a means for raising funds for over 400 needy children in Little Rock, Arkansas so that they may receive free preventive dental healthcare exams. Visit our USA Dental Project to learn more.

Mike, with the help of his employer Bank of America and other generous Aura’s House donors, has raised over $3,250 to date and is more than halfway to his $6,000 goal. To celebrate Mike’s success along with our 8th birthday on June 30th, Aura’s House has launched a new Birthday Raffle. Just $8 gets you an entry and a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card OR a $100 donation to the Charity of your choice, FirstGiving Project of your choice, or a Special Gift for your Children International sponsored child.


Mike Writes:

While it has been an 8 year journey for Aura’s House, the last 3 years I have been on my journey to a better, healthier me! The road, or I should say trail, has been one of ups and downs, literally, and mentally. But if you set your mind to a goal and stick with it you can do amazing things. Don’t get me wrong! There are sacrifices and changes that you will second guess, but in the end making a healthier life for yourself will make you and others around you happier! The Gobi March 250K was both a test and a celebration of my achievement up to this point. Now it is time to finish our fundraising goal and move on to a new goal for 2013!  Hmmm, I haven’t run a 100 mile race yet. (Yes, that is 100 miles in one day, or just over a day….)

You’re crazy Mike, but we love you! 🙂 Thank you on behalf of Aura’s House for all you are doing to help needy children and keep up the amazing work!

Don’t forget you can still support Mike and our USA Dental Project by entering our Birthday Raffle. You have until July 20th, 2012. 5PM. EST.
On your mark… get set… Go!!


Mike at base camp near the border with Kyrgyzstan.



  • Inga said:

    Yay!! Way to go Mike!

  • Liza said:

    Great race, and what fantastic scenery, too!

  • Anonymous said:

    Wow, Mike! Congratulations

  • Barbara said:

    Congratulations Dan both for completing your fantastic physical race across the Gobi desert and for raising funds for Aura’s House dental project. Way to go and improving your health at the same time. Kudos!! Barbara R.

  • Barbara said:

    Sorry Mike for calling you Dan which was the security word!! The sentiments are the same. Barbara E.

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