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Santa Barbara dad runs for 24 hours to raise funds for local schools

Matt Genovese ran more than 80 miles

Local dad runs 80 miles

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A local dad finished quite the marathon Friday.

Matt Genovese is the father of a Washington Elementary School student and has a daughter set to attend the school next year. 

"Each year our kids lose another school program, teacher, or opportunity and those losses directly impact their futures," said Genovese. "I am tired of hearing about it and want to do something."

So Genovese took matters into his own hands, and decided to go on a 24 hour run through southern Santa Barbara County to raise money and awareness for local schools. He started at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and touched 26 Santa Barbara County Schools during his first 50 miles. He then spent the overnight hours making laps around the Santa Barbara Mesa.

"I had to really make sure I was giving my body the right nutrients during the run," Genovese said. "I probably drank about four gallons of water throughout the run."

After running more than 80 miles, Genovese finally crossed the finish line at 8:30 a.m. Friday in front of an electrified crowd of students, many holding signs to cheer him on.

"We do our best every single year to raise additional funds so that we can add educators in the classrooms and improve facilities," said Washington Elementary Parent Teacher Organization President Michael Paskin. "Parents like Matt who want to help out any way they can are incredible."

The Genovese family hopes this run inspires others.

"If you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything," Genovese said.

 You can learn more about Matt Genovese and contribute to his cause by visiting

To watch the moment Genovese crossed the finish line, watch the video below.

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