PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2017

Union County Freeholders Linda Carter and Mohamed S. Jalloh present a resolution to Lee Starks of Plainfield, owner of the Plainfield Boxing Academy, congratulating and commending him for all his time and tremendous effort put forth to benefit the youth of Plainfield. Starks’ aim is to keep local youth off the streets by offering underprivileged children boxing lessons and fitness classes after school and during school vacations at his gym. The program is also intended to reduce crime and urban violence.

In an effort to raise funds to support the program for the children, Lee ran the 100-mile Devil Dog Ultra Marathon on December 17-18, 2016.  He finished in 30 hours, 43 minutes and 43 seconds, making it to the finish line ahead of the 32 hour cut-off despite the sleet and rainy conditions.  There were 250 runners and only 47 completed the race and Lee placed 35th overall.

(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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