The “Running Bitcoin” half marathon will pay tribute to Hal Finney

Fran Finney, Finney’s wife, announced the charity event through Twitter today.

Fran Finney, the widow of early Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney, announced through Twitter on December 27 a charity half marathon in her husband’s honour.

The name of the event is “Running Bitcoin.” It attempts to raise cash for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) therapy research. In 2009, Hal Finney was diagnosed with the condition; he died of complications in 2014.

Fran Finney tweeted the following: We are committed to finding a cure for this debilitating disease, and any assistance you can offer will make a significant impact.

Through the event’s website,, the event’s organizers are taking donations in Bitcoin and fiat currencies. Contributors who donate at least $100 will get a commemorative T-shirt. The top 25 donors will get a signed Hal Finney souvenir from Fran Finney. Over $8,600 has been raised for the cause, including $4,020 from Fran Finney herself. 

The half-marathon will occur between January 1 and January 10. The distance may be completed in a single day or during the duration of the event. Prior to being diagnosed with ALS, Hal Finney routinely ran long distances, and the Running Bitcoin event website describes the half marathon as Hal’s “preferred distance.”

The name of the event also refers to an early tweet in which Hal Finney wrote “running bitcoin,” indicating that he had begun operating a Bitcoin node. He was the second person after Satoshi Nakamoto to operate a Bitcoin node.

Fran Finney took over her husband’s Twitter account earlier this month to prevent Elon Musk’s anti-spam measures from deleting his profile. She said that she will continue to tweet irregularly from her husband’s account.

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