Last May, Kyle McCoy (’01) embarked on one hot journey, a march with a mission. Over seven days, he walked 155 miles across the Gobi Desert in Western China, a trek that has earned inclusion into Time Magazine’s Top 10 Endurance Competitions.

In the notes McCoy sent to friends and supporters during the journey, he included a montage of blessings: changing socks for the first time in five days, meeting an inspiring Canadian who started a nonprofit to involve Afghani women in sports, the rain after a sand-storm, and cold beer after the finish. And there’s this: through this race, McCoy and his wife, Katie, exceeded their fundraising goal, contributing more than $51,000 to The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that seeks to protect lands in the United States for public use.

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