Chris Cantrell, right continues jogging towards his 100-mile goal today. He was accompanied for a while by Linn Co. Sheriff Brian Gardner.

An area man who has participated in several area 5K events is currently in the middle of a two-day, 100 mile treadmill challenge to raise money for to fight Alzheimer’s.

Christ Cantrell is at We Run in Cedar Rapids, where he passed the 70-mile mark of a 48-hour challenge to run 100 miles.

It’s part of an event called the Cedar Rapids Dreadmill 48 Hour Endurance Challenge. Cantrell is jogging to raise money to help fund Alzheimer’s research. While he has had much help in organizing the event, Cantrell is the one doing the 100-mile jog. He is running in honor of his father-in-law, a Special Forces Vietnam veteran who has been living with dementia.

Cantrell has been accepting donations in the months leading up to the event, and is welcoming walk-in donations at We Run (1950 Dodge Rd NE, just off of Collins) as well as donations through the organization’s Facebook page and an Alzheimer’s Association page set up for this event.

Many of Chris’s friends have stopped by to show support. One of this morning’s visitors was Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.

Cantrell was a regular participant in the Flaughless 5K, rucking the event instead of merely jogging; carrying a 30-pound pack as he completed the route.