Mannatech®, Incorporated, the pioneer of nutritional glycobiology, leading innovator of naturally-sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions, and creator of the M5M (Mission 5 MillionSM) social entrepreneurial movement, announced that on October 28, 2014, ultra-endurance athlete Jason Lester officially passed the finish line of the M5M China Run. Lester became the first person in history to complete a solo run of 2,500 miles across the Great Wall of China in 100 days or less to raise awareness of the global epidemic of childhood malnutrition.
The run officially began on August 8, 2014 in Jiayuguan, in the Gansu province of China. Around midday on day 83 of the run, Lester crossed the finish line at the Shanhaiguan District Old Dragons Head entrance in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, officially completing the 2,500-mile journey. Lester’s goal was to finish the run within 100 days, requiring an average daily trek equivalent to almost a full marathon per day. After increasing his daily runs to double marathons at times, he was able to accomplish this feat with 17 days to spare.
Mannatech has partnered with Lester as the title sponsor of the M5M China Run as a part of their ongoing Mission 5 Million, or M5M, movement. The goal of M5M is to connect five million children in need of proper nutrition with five million consumers of Mannatech products.
As a social entrepreneurial company, Mannatech donates servings of its proprietary PhytoBlend™ powder to at-risk children all over the world every time a consumer purchases product for themselves on automatic order. According to recent reports by the World Health Organization, approximately five million children under the age of 5 die every year due to causes linked to malnutrition. As the title sponsor, Mannatech is hoping to bring this catastrophic reality to the forefront and inspire the world to take action.
Lester has previously run 3,500 miles from San Francisco to New York in 2013 to raise awareness and support for the victims of Hurricane Sandy; and in 2011 he biked and ran 5,000 miles across the United States for Nike's Journey for a Better World campaign. Lester is an endorser of Mannatech products and is “Powered by Ambrotose,” Mannatech’s uniquely patented immune system support product containing Manapol® powder with aloe vera gel extract. He credits glyconutrient technology and Ambrotose as being his “secret weapons” in competitions and training.
“We are very proud of Jason Lester for achieving such a monumental feat and are grateful for the impact he made on the M5M movement,” said Mannatech President Al Bala. “His ambitious drive to be better and make the world a better place matches Mannatech’s desire to see childhood malnutrition come to an end through perseverance and commitment to daily challenges such as Jason Lester’s 100-Day Challenge. Through his efforts in bringing awareness to this cause, we are able to tackle the great wall of malnutrition head on with hope of seeing it overcome.”
Mannatech, Incorporated, develops high-quality health, weight and fitness, and skin care products that are based on the solid foundation of nutritional science and development standards. Mannatech is dedicated to its platform of Social Entrepreneurship based on the foundation of promoting, aiding and optimizing nutrition where it is needed most around the world. Mannatech’s proprietary products are available through independent sales Associates around the globe including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Estonia, Finland, the Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Namibia and Hong Kong. For more information, visit Mannatech.com.
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