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Wiegand Ready to Run for Children With Cancer Again

Roy Wiegand isn’t getting any younger.

But at 53 the Burbank resident has plans to do more than ever before.

Wednesday at noon Wiegand will depart from Market Place Park and go running off on a journey around the Santa Clarita Valley for 30 consecutive hours hoping to raise money for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, which supports families of children with cancer.

He plans to end Thursday at 6 p.m. outside the food court at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

This is Wiegand’s fourth run that began in memory of Christopher Wilke, a 12-year-old Burbank resident who died of a rare form of cancer in 2014.

“This year I’m kind of excited. It is going to be more about the time. This is 30 hours,” Wiegand said. “I’ve done 24 hours the past couple of years. I feel like I’m going to be able to run a little more than 100 miles this time. I’m excited about that. It is kind of a personal challenge, but of course it is a much bigger cause.”

Roy Wiegand on one of his past runs for Christopher Wilke. (Photo courtesy Steve Starleaf and Roy Wiegand).

Wiegand said he only began running in his early 40s and started doing the ultra-distance running after hearing of Wilke’s story.

“When Christopher’s battle came to light here in Burbank, it was such a personal thing. Christopher and my son were in a Boy Scout Troop together,” Wiegand said. “His story and the family’s strength and how they’ve caught on to want to help people that are in that battle that they went through is very moving and inspires me to help in some way.”


In his first run for Christopher, Wiegand traveled 86 miles.

“The first one we did was kind of special. We started at Angel Stadium. It was 2 in the morning,” Wiegand recalled. “Christopher was an avid Little Leaguer. His favorite team was the Angels. We started the run there. We got a ball signed by Mike Trout. That was his favorite player. The family didn’t know about the ball. We met Christopher’s mom and dad and brother in Santa Clarita late that afternoon. I gave them the ball. I came right through Burbank.”

Wiegand said he is running in Santa Clarita because the foundation he is running for is based there and because he said Santa Clarita offers lots of bike trails to run on.

“It will be my fourth run in honor of Christopher and the other kids that are in the middle of fighting cancer here in Burbank and in Glendale and across the San Fernando Valley,” said Wiegand, who noted that 30 families in the Burbank-Glendale area are currently being assisted by the Michael Hoefflin Foundation.

Wiegand said he plans to exceed the 100 miles that he has gone the past two years.

“I have to get at least 100 miles. I’m not going to let myself go home without doing that. That’s my minimum,” Wiegand said.

Wiegand on his run in 2016. (Photo courtesy Roy Wiegand)

To prepare for the event, Wiegand said he often runs uphill in the mountains in Burbank above De Bell Golf Course.

”I try to be very careful not to over train or do too many miles. It is very difficult on your bod,” Wiegand said.” Your body takes a lot of punishment running. There are a lot of great benefits to running, but also it beats you up pretty good. I generally haven’t run more than 20 miles on a training run for the most part, although this year for the first time I did a 40 miler. I did that about four weeks ago.”

He isn’t too concerned with the longer distance.

“Ultra-distance running is 90 percent mental. The other 10 percent is in your head,” Wiegand said. “You can talk yourself in or out of anything. I like to think it helps me being a little bit older. I can maybe think a little bit outside the box and talk myself into it.”

What he is concerned with are the temperatures he may face.

“The temperature is going to jump up into the 90s this Wednesday just in time for my run. It will be over 95 Wednesday and Thursday when I’m up in Santa Clarita,” Wiegand said. “That means on the bike path it will be over 100 degrees with the asphalt and heat coming off there.

The challenge to staying hydrated is really tough. It’s almost possible to stay hydrated enough. It’s almost impossible not to be dehydrated because of the extreme temperatures and the mileage. So I drink as much as I can and hopefully I’m peeing a lot.  If you stop peeing, you know you are dehydrated.”

Roy Wiegand running on Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale in 2016. (Photo courtesy Roy Wiegand)

Wiegand said he doesn’t have plans to make any long stops other than using a restroom.

“Sometimes I do eat on the run. I might take a break or two to stop and change shoes and maybe put on a clean shirt. But none of those stops are more than a few minutes,” he said. “I’m not running as fast as I can. I’m doing an easy pace. It’s all about keeping moving. As long as you are moving, it doesn’t really matter how fast you are going.”

Wiegand said this year’s goal is to raise $13,100 for the foundation. He noted that this is equal to $100 per mile for five marathons. It is an average of six hours per marathon.

“It is still a very Burbank-centric event. Christopher’s family lives here, I live here. A lot of our supporters and donors live in Burbank,” Wiegand said. “It will tie in nice with Santa Clarita because that’s where the foundation is.”

Wiegand said this year fans will also be able to track his progress during the run.

“I’m having a GPS tracker with me the whole run so you will be able to see what mile I’m on,” he said. “You download the app on your phone. It is a free app and every five miles I get to you get an alert, Roy is at mile 10 or 20 or 30 or whatever it is.”

For more information on supporting Wiegand by donating money to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, visit Mhf.org on the Internet.

“The kids really inspire me, Christopher’s story of course. The kids that are fighting their battle now, it is the fight of their lives,” Wiegand said. “If I get tired or uncomfortable a little bit or start hurting I think about them. I’m blessed. I’m healthy and I’ve got the ability to run a long way and what a privilege it is to do it for them.”



Roy Wiegand Completes Second 100 Mile Run Supporting Michael Hoefflin Foundation

Roy Wiegand successfully completed his second 100 mile run from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County to McCambridge Park in Burbank in a heroic effort to raise money for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by John Savageau)

Flanked by 50 fellow runners and cyclists as he crossed into Burbank, Wiegand was met by the Burbank Police and Fire Department which provided him an escort through the city on the way to his goal at center court in the park’s Burbank Tennis Center.

Wiegand’s run honors the memory of a family friend, Christopher Wilke, who died at the young age of 12 from bile duct cancer in 2014. Christopher’s family joined him at the Tennis Center, along with Leah Valles, also 12, who is a skin cancer survivor. Leah ran the final leg of the race with Wiegand, wearing her distinctive “Sunblock Stinks, Cancer Stinks More” shirt.

A large crowd welcomed Wiegand as he completed the run, with many sporting “Team Christopher” T-Shirts.

Other than the need for creating additional cancer awareness, Wiegand also attracted money from pledges and donations to drive towards a target of $25,000 for the Hoefflin Foundation.

Several Burbank dignitaries, including Mayor Bob Frutos and Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes, honored Wiegand for his efforts, and Wiegand himself was asked to say a few words for the crowd. A humble man, and of course exhausted from the run, he simply stated “It was for the family of Christopher,” and proceeded to thank those who assisted during the 100 mile ultra-marathon.

Michael Hoefflin Foundation For Children’s Cancer- The Michael Hoefflin Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization that was started in 1995 by nine year-old Michael Hoefflin and his parents Chris and Sue. Michael succumbed to cancer in 1996 and passed away at the age of 10. You can learn more about the Michael Hoefflin Foundation at their website www.mhf.org

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Mayor Frutos Joining Roy Weigand As He Finishes 100 Mile Fundraiser Run

Roy Weigand is coming to town, but he’s not making an ordinary entrance. Mayor Bob Frutos has called on bicyclists, runners and walkers to join Roy as he “runs” into town after a 100 mile trek from Children’s Hospital in Orange County and Los Angeles, to his final destination at McCambridge Park.

The Tennis Center will be hosting a fundraiser for Roy’s cause – – the Michael Hoefflin Foundation which is dedicated to helping families with children fighting cancer. Roy was inspired to do the super long run in memory of Christopher Wilke, a young Burbank boy who succumbed to the disease in March 2014.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Walk Bike Burbank is organizing local bicyclists by meeting up at the rear entrance of City Hall. An advance team of cyclists headed by Debbie Reid, a nurse supervisor at Children’s Hospital and member of Walk Bike Burbank, will monitor Roy’s progress as he heads to Burbank and will notify the group of Roy’s expected schedule.

“I am happy to participate in the Mayor’s ride to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation,” Reid said. “At Children’s Hospital, we are on the front line of fighting cancer affecting children, and so I am happy to be able to use my bicycle to promote this cause.”

The group at City Hall will meet at 9:00 a.m. and will encourage folks to have breakfast or shop at the Farmers’ Market and then will be notified when the group is ready to depart in order to meet up with Roy as he enters Burbank.Pat with Mayor's bike

Mayor Frutos will be making the debut of the City’s first “Official Bike” during this ride. Walk Bike Burbank recently presented the City Council with a brand new Pure City bicycle in recognition of National Bike Month in May. Pure City Cycles, a Burbank based designer, manufacturer and world-wide distributor of classic-style bicycles, provided the new Mayor’s bike.

“We live, work and ride bikes in Burbank; we believe in using bicycles as part of ordinary everyday activities. We are pleased that City officials are willing to ride with us and want to encourage everyone to ride bikes in Burbank,” says Michael Fishman, co-founder of Pure City Cycles.

City Manager Mark Scott agrees. He recently purchased his own Pure City bike – from Walk Bike Burbank, for a special good community cause. He bought his specially branded Walk Bike Burbank bicycle as part of this Saturday’s Christopher Wilke fund raising activities with a bicycle donated by Pure City Cycles.

The purchase price of the city manager’s new bike is being donated to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. Mr. Scott is a lifelong casual bike rider who is looking forward again to enjoying his new bicycle for local errands and fun.

“I may not be the fastest thing on two wheels, but I enjoy getting out occasionally – and Burbank has the Chandler bike path that I’m quite excited to use,” Scott recently said.

Join Mayor Frutos as he leads a community bike ride escorting Roy Weigand’s approach to the Burbank Tennis Center – then enjoy all the fun at the park!

4th of July Festival at the Burbank Tennis Center – The Return of ROY’S RUN
Burbank Tennis Center – at McCambridge Park
249 Amherst Drive, Burbank, California 91504
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.