PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, Jan. 17th, the Municipal Council of the City of Plainfield will hold its Agenda Fixing Session and Regular Meeting in Municipal Court.
One of the agenda items is a Councilmanic Resolution to congratulate Alhim “Lee” Starks, a lifelong Plainfield resident, for his accomplishments as an avid athlete and successful owner of the Plainfield Boxing Academy (PBA).
On Dec. 17th, Starks participated in the 100-mile Devil Dog Ultra Marathon, and all of the proceeds he raised have gone towards PBA's programs for children in the community. (His gofundme.com page is still collecting funds.) He prepared for the event all year, completing thirteen marathons since January 2016.
Starks finished the 100-mile race in 30:43:43, making it to the finish line ahead of the 32-hour cut-off time. Over forty people didn't finish because of the extreme weather conditions over that weekend, but Starks pushed through, and placed 35th overall.
The goal was to raise money to support PBA membership scholarships for children, and to purchase better fitness gear such as uniforms and boxing equipment, for those that cannot afford gear on their own.
Starks teaches 25 children, ranging in ages from five to sixteen, and he says that in what he does, he aspires to giving kids a real alternative to being on the streets.