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Lake Erie College twins to run across Ohio

Beginning Dec. 17 and ending Dec. 21, Lake Erie College juniors and twin sisters, Rachel and Sandi Nypaver, will carry out the 2009 “I Believe” run, a 260-mile run from Cincinnati to Cleveland, Ohio. Their run will raise money for the United Way of Lake County.

The route will begin at C.W. Bailey Bridge in Cincinnati and the twins will run along Ohio State Route 42 which parallels Interstate 71. Sandi and Rachel will exit Route 42 detouring through Columbus specifically through National Road, E. Main Street and Broad Street. They will proceed back to Route 42 and finish at Voinovich Park in downtown Cleveland. 

The “I Believe” run will take the twins four to five days to complete, which demands running 75-80 miles a day. This is equivalent to running about 14-17 hours a day and almost four marathons a day. The twins’ training consists of running about 80 miles a weekend.

The Nypavers’ humbleness, motivation and willingness to change the world make this extraordinary run possible. “Sometimes we forget the magic of the holiday season, the magic young children experience waiting to hear sleigh bells on Christmas Eve and the magic of believing that giving is truly better than receiving. Giving doesn't mean spending money on presents, but rather sharing ourselves and our love with others,” said the twins.

Three Northeast Ohio businesses – Vertical Runner Grunt Girl Racing and Women’s Multisport Connection – have donated night vests, fuel and food to help the twins carry out their run.

In addition to being co-presidents of Lake Erie College’s organization SMAD (Students Making a Difference), the Nypavers enjoy running in marathons and triathlons to motivate others and also to raise money for the United Way of Lake County, giving people something to “believe” in.

For more information about the “I Believe” run or the non-profit organization, Impossible2Possible (i2P), visit To support the twins cause, visit, to donate.

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,300 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.

The United Way of Lake County seeks to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the community to identify key community needs and collaborate with solutions that have measurable results and make a positive impact. More than 38 agencies and 70 programs are supported through donations to United Way of Lake County.



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