Run Across Rhode Island
November 15th 2015
Cumberland RI/Attleboro MA to Chepachet RI/Putnam CT


Join veteran endurance runner David Salvas (Run Across NH), Jan Frandsen ( and cancer survivor and marathoner David Johndrow for a 26.2-mile run to raise money for cancer patients. Your donations will help patients while they battle cancer and go for awareness and research. Come run with David, Jan and me in our run to support the work of  ZERO Cancer - DONATE.

The Run:
Our group will run the first of 3 nine-mile legs starting at 6 am Sunday as we traverse the state of Rhode Island from east to west. We'd love your company for a leg, or for the day!  Route maps and details soon!

Leg 1 6 am: Cumberland to Woonsocket 9 miles MAP
Leg 2 7:45 am: Woonsocket to Mapleville 9 miles MAP
Leg 3 10:00 am: Mapleville to Chepachet 9 miles MAP

The Proceeds:
All proceeds will benefit ZERO Cancer!


The Runners:
David Salvas (65) Team Leader
He started running when he was 30 after he quit smoking and put on enough weight "to earn my own zip code." David has done 90 marathons from Alaska to Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Salvas has had the privilege of carrying the Olympic torch in NH for the 1996 Atlanta Games. He has been a coach for the Team in Training program (Leukemia and Lymphoma society). David is currently retired after 43 years in the defense industry and is a XC and indoor and outdoor coach at the local high school and a Fleet Feet marathon coach. In addition he is a marathon coach for the local running club in Nashua.

David's running accomplishments include 20 Boston Marathons and he is running again in 2016. He has raised over $35,000 running for charity. David successfully traversed the state of NH north to south in 2012 (221 miles) and again in 2013, choosing an east to west route (116 miles). He also ran across Massachusetts (59.5 miles) in 2014. His athletic accomplishments don't end there, as he was a certified ski patroller and certified NH state track and field official. Mr. Salvas has also been a volunteer with a wish-granting organization for 13 years, serving in many positions including President. He founded Operation Santa (gifts for needy kids) in the company for which he worked. He was a first aid instructor and taught at an orphanage for kids to get their merit badges in Scouts as well as mentoring Vietnamese students in English before school started.

It's an honor to have him as the team leader.

David Johndrow (57)
David is new to running compared to the others. He started after a week-long stay in ICU for congestive heart failure in April of 2011. He finished his first marathon in October of 2013. Mr. Johndrow is the author of ICU to Marathon - Diaries of a Nearly Dead Man. Part of his recovery was to walk or run. He started the C25K plan a few times, but I just couldn't do it. Finally, the anniversary of my heart trauma, he decided to run a 5K.

On March 25th, 2012, just a few days short of his April 4th anniversary, he ran the Run with Heart 5K in Clinton, Massachusetts. There, a runner was born - and a race addict! Even though he had knee surgery, lingering heart issues, and a rotator cuff repair, he ran nearly 1,000 miles in 2012 including ten 5Ks and three 10K races.

One day he thought: "I could run farther than 10K", but had been frustrated by bouts with both tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. After a brief rest in November and December, he started training for the February 24, 2013 Hyannis Half Marathon. He crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 16 minutes.

On October 27, 2013 he took another big step on this amazing journey, and ran a full marathon (26.2 miles/42.2 kilometers), raising money and awareness for various charities including the American Heart Association, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, as well as other local charities and non-profits.

David ran with David Salvas across Massachusetts (59.5 miles) in 2014.

"As I run, I often pray and think of those who have been struggling with major heart illnesses, or have succumbed to cancer. It's good therapy for me."

David currently serves as Race Director, recruiting charity runners for Hope for Young Adults with Cancer

Jan Frandsen (62) Jan was never really active until he reached the late 40s. He and his wife Cathy decided to bike a 100k ride. A little too ambitious. Then they were invited skiing in Whistler, BC - and had a blast. Shortly thereafter they received a post card from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society inviting them to raise money for blood cancers and ride their bike around Lake Tahoe. A new life has begun. Since then he has ridden about 25 centuries (seven around Lake Tahoe), Seattle to Portland, the MS ride 3 times, Cleveland to Cincinnati, 8 marathons, one ultra marathon, and in the vicinity of 35 half marathons. He is a founding member of Spokes of Hope (

Run Across MA 2014

David Salvas (Purple) & David Johndrow (Red)
Run Across NH in 2013

David Salvas

David Johndrow
Jan Frandsen