New York man Matthew Fertig runs to raise money for gun reform

He runs for their life.

Matthew Fertig, a Brooklyn man, is raising money for gun advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety by running 120 miles this weekend from Manhattan to Montauk.

The long-distance runner told the Hamptons weekly Dan’s Papers that the Herculean equivalent of 4½ marathons on Saturday and Sunday is a response to the Parkland, Fla., shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, where a deranged gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people.

Brooklyn resident Matthew Fertig raises money for gun reform advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.
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Matthew Fertig
Fertig makes the long trip from Manhattan to Montauk.

“I was a senior in high school when the Parkland shooting happened and I know several people who lost friends and family that day,” the 22-year-old said. “Unfortunately, four years later, we have made little progress in the fight to prevent gun violence and mass shootings in this country.”

Fertig raised more than $6,400 of the $15,000 goal on a GoFundMe page early Saturday afternoon. He said more than 10 people have signed up to run at least one leg of the trip with him.


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