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Sam Thompson, an avid ultra marathoner and a Mississippi native, has been in the small town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi since the day after Hurricane Katrina came ashore on August 29, 2005.  He established what began as a small relief effort operating in the First Presbyterian Church, and has since blossomed into what is now an operation employing on average more than 100 volunteers daily.  This operation serves mainly the Bay St. Louis/Waveland area, and strives to aid those most in need, though the need is so great for all.  After completing a run of the entire Appalachian Trail (over 2,000 miles) about two years ago, Sam had the idea and compulsion to run 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states.  Because of the idea’s idyllic touching of people both on the local and national level, it seemed the perfect voyage to reawaken the nation to the struggles that still remain on the Gulf Coast. 


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