Rivers connect us all, and they are vitally important to our ecosystem and our economy. Together, we can make the fight for wild and free-flowing rivers a priority. Make your impact today and donate to Running for Rivers presented by RES! All donations benefit American Rivers.


About Keith "Wildman" Hanson

Although Keith “Wildman” Hanson is widely known as an ultramarathon runner, he is first and foremost a dedicated biologist and conservationist. Keith has long used his ability to run impossible distances as an avenue to promote and bring awareness to causes he wholeheartedly believes in.

“My goal is to use this personal endurance challenge to raise funds and bring awareness to the importance of rivers,” Keith said. “American Rivers is a great organization and I am thrilled to team up with them and bring awareness to the great work they do every day. Rivers are vital to our ecosystems and economies, and my hope is to shine a light on the fact that many rivers are in deep trouble right now. As a biologist and environmental scientist, I have spent years studying rivers and how they directly influence human health and prosperity. I believe this adventure has the opportunity to have a positive impact for rivers and the communities that rely on them.”

Keith graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2008 with a B.S. in biology and environmental studies. He earned his M.S. in environmental studies from College of Charleston in 2012. He currently works as a contract environmental scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he focuses on the conservation of freshwater, estuarine, and marine species and habitats. Hanson has spent many years living in Charleston, S.C., but is currently splitting his time between Charleston and Chapel Hill.


Why Running for Rivers?

Rivers connect us all, and they are vitally important to our ecosystem and our economy. Beginning in the 1900s, impediments, contamination, and lack of protection throughout the U.S. led to many of the nation’s free-flowing rivers becoming severely degraded and endangered.


Taking Action

Conscious of this issue, Keith has teamed up with the U.S.’s leading river conservation organization, American Rivers, to make the fight for wild, free-flowing rivers a priority. Keith decided the best way he could bring attention to this issue was to do something that seems impossible to many.

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