Yasir Salem is a man on a mission. Starting with the NYC marathon in 2018, Yasir will run 50 marathons in 50 states, ending with the NYC marathon in 2019. He is taking on this enormous feat to honor and celebrate his late wife Gweneviere. In running the races, he is raising money for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation (GMF) to spread awareness and fund early detection of lung cancer and brain tumor programs.
While the “50 in 50” initiative may be new, distance running has been an important part of life for both Yasir and Gwen since 2008. After Gwen recovered from a meningioma brain tumor and the short-term memory loss that occurred after its removal, she and Yasir began running together. Gwen completed seven New York City marathons and the Harrisburg marathon.
Be a Charity Runner for the GMF 50 in 50: Join Yasir at any of the 50 in 50 races and raise money (many races have 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances available!) - including 2019 marathons in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin
Be a Virtual Runner: Can't join Yasir at a 50 in 50 race? Run another race & fundraise for GMF
Host a 50 in 50 fundraising event during our stop in town
Sponsor Join Team GMF’s 50 in 50 project and the foundation
Volunteer at our Expo booths us at one of the 50 in 50 races
Donate to the GMF to help us in our mission to help us in our mission to fund early detection programs
Coming soon: Get lung cancer and brain tumor screenings by the GMF. Help us raise the funds that we need to bring mobile radiology screenings to a 50 in 50 race on the schedule