PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Franklin Regional graduate Darren Miller’s name may sound familiar from the last time we talked with him on the KDKA Afternoon News. Miller was the Oceans Seven Challenge swimmer who completed it in record time. Well, now he has his sights set on a new goal.
Miller wants to show his appreciation and recognize all those who helped in the wake of the Franklin Regional stabbing. To bring attention to his cause and those who helped that tragic day, he has decided to run. He will run 22 miles in honor of the 22 victims.
Miller came on the KDKA Afternoon News to talk about what he is calling “FR Project 22.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity. We have been planning this probably for the past week or so. The community and so many people have really just aligned themselves and worked hard to get this done and we are just very excited to put this out there,” Miller said.
Miller will be starting his 22 mile journey 9 a.m. at Franklin Regional High School, carrying their flags of hope they will go onto Forbes Hospital, then head down through different boroughs of Murrysville, and they will conclude their run at UPMC Presby in Oakland. Those involved in the run see this as their way of showing their support, giving thanks and recognizing all those who helped that day.
“I’m just doing what I can as an endurance athlete, someone who is just fascinated by getting out and inspiring people to be their best. I woke up two weeks ago on my birthday and I just went out, I carried the American flag and I ran up and down Route 66 for 22 miles as a way for me to just cognitively and mentally give back,” Miller said.
The run will be raising money that goes to a fund to help those who were hurt in the stabbing defray the medical costs.
You can hear the whole interview here: