This weekend in Boise: Former NFL player and BSU Bronco to run 48 miles in 48 hours for youth mental health nonprofit

Posted at 11:51 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 00:46:25-04

BOISE, Idaho — This weekend in Boise, one local athlete is attempting to accomplish an astonishing feat: running 48 miles in 48 hours. He's doing it to support youth mental health services at the Children's Home Society -- a nonprofit that offers these services to Idaho families for low-to-no-cost based on need.

Sam McCaskill is a Broncos football alumni who went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. Now a board member at the Children's Home Society, he says he's passionate about their mission. Plus, he says it might provide Boiseans someone or something to cheer for during a dark time.

"With COVID kind of shutting down everybody's sports viewings and participation in sports, I just thought it was a great opportunity to bring in the competition aspect of people kind of challenging me to complete this running feat, which will end up benefiting the Children's Home Society," said McCaskill.

He'll start at 6 p.m. Friday at the Children's Home Society on Warm Springs Avenue, and plans to run four miles every four hours -- with just some brief naps in between.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Children's Home's family-focused services. The executive director of the nonprofit tells Idaho News 6 that the group faces a greater need than ever for support amid the pandemic.

You can make a donation per mile that McCaskill runs, or a one-time flat donation, at