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      Run 40 miles and make a difference halfway around the world

      In observance of the Summer Solstice this weekend, one organization is also raising money for women's empowerment and gender equality thousands of miles away. On the Ground is hosting a 40 mile ultra-run through the night of Summer Solstice to raise funds and build awareness for the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      The goal this year is to raise $30,000 and to get more people involved in the run. Over the years, the event has grown from a few friends to a big group of runners.

      The run starts on June 20 at the northernmost point of Leelanau County and goes south toward the beaches of West Grand Traverse Bay. All runners are invited to join and if 40 miles is too intimidating, you can do half or a 4 person relay for 10 miles each. Or runners can join in for the last 10 miles and finish with a group jump into the Grand Traverse Bay.

      All the money raised goes toward Project Congo to support women's empowerment programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      For more information or to sign up for the 2014 Solstice Run, visit