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Help Draw The World’s Biggest Remembrance Poppy!

In February of 2008, Ben McBean was a Marine stationed in Afghanistan shortly before his 20th Birthday. After stepping on a IED in the line of duty, his left arm and right leg had to be amputated, and he was sent back to the UK to recover. His story doesn’t end there though.

After over 10 months of rehabbing, Ben ran the London Marathon in 2009, before trekking to Everest Base camp and then running London again in 2010. More recently, he completed the Three Peak Challenge in 2012.


Now in 2014 together with Vodafone Firsts, Ben is going to run over 30 miles through Central London in order to honor his fellow wounded veterans and the heroes of World War 1. Drawing the outline of a giant remembrance poppy, Ben aims to raise awareness and money for the Royal British Legion. This is where you come in.

Ben will do the hard work, and draw the remembrance poppy, but he needs your help to fill it in! If you’re in Central London, hook up your Runkeeper account to The Big Poppy Run, and then just go track a run! It’s that easy. If you’re not in London, but would still like to support Ben and his efforts, you can donate here.

Looking to learn more about Ben and hear his plea for help? Visit the Vodafone Firsts website for more info.


Jim Redding

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Jim Redding

Jim Redding is runner, nerd, and Runkeeper app expert! He can be found running through Boston's North End...sometimes.