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10 Intriguing People: St. Charles Man Is Running/Raising Donations For Water

Meet 10 intriguing people in Kane County who lead very interesting lives

After trading in a full-time paying job to become a volunteer running ambassador, Steve Spear will run cross-country from L.A. to New York in the spring (Photo provided)

Name: Steve Spear     Age: 48Tie to Kane County: Resides in St. CharlesWhat makes him intriguing: After trading in a full-time paying job to become a volunteer running ambassador, Spear will run cross-country from L.A. to New York in the spring Words To Live By: “It’s not about the number of miles or the distance, it’s about moving forward to make a difference.” — Steve Spear

Steve Spear wasn’t always a runner.

“When I was young, running itself was the furthest thing from my radar,” says the St. Charles resident. It wasn’t until a close friend began encouraging him to participate in marathons that Spear, who admits he used to hate everything about running, thought he’d give his legs a good workout not just for the physical benefits, but also to help raise money for a charity he had recently discovered.

At the time, Spear had been working as a full-time church pastor at Willow Creek Community Church DuPage when he caught word about World Vision, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for children across the globe by delivering fresh water, food and education.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.