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Student Runs 47 Miles to Raise Money for a Friend
Eliza Souers - 2/1/2021

Student Runs 47 Miles to Raise Money for a Friend


Student Tristan Miller ran 47 miles around campus last month to support and fundraise for fellow Lee student and friend Chace Varvel and the Varvel family.


Varvel's mother, Kyle Varvel-White, passed of Covid-19 and double pneumonia this month at the age of 47. Miller ran 47 miles to celebrate each year she lived.


Miller set up a GoFundMe to raise money to pay for the medical bills incurred during Kyle's illness. "When I heard the news of Chace's mother passing, I knew I had to do something to support Chace and his family who I have become so close with," said Miller. "So I decided to run in her and her family's honor."


Miller, a sophomore business major from Troy, Ohio, is a long-distance runner. He picked up running as a hobby his senior year of high school and has been participating in individual and community long-distance runs ever since, including two "Last Man Standing" races and a 50k. According to Miller, he and Chace have been best friends since middle school and are now roommates at Lee. Both Chace and Miller are members of TKO, a Greek service club, which was also there to support Miller in the final miles of his run.


Starting his run at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, Miller completed it in just over eight hours, running a six-mile loop eight times. "For the first two loops it was just me in the cold, dark morning," said Miller. "By mile 30 my leg muscles felt like rubber…then, at the end of my sixth loop, my good friends Sydney Brown, Anthony Jones, Megan Uhls, and David Priatko were at the start/end point of the loop to cheer me on. Seeing some familiar faces was the only push I needed to get through those last 11 miles. Overall, the run was great, and it was an excellent way to raise money and show my love and support for Chace and his family."


To donate to Miller's GoFundMe fundraiser, visit

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