Youth pastor running to raise money for Oklahoma victims, but there's a catch

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Youth pastor running to raise money for Oklahoma victims, but there's a catch

By Charles Benson. CREATED May 29, 2013 - UPDATED: May 29, 2013

RACINE - In an ambitious move to help Oklahoma tornado victims, a local youth pastor will run from Racine to Milwaukee on Friday.

The only problem is, he's never run a long distance.

Tylre Butler is a mission to help people who have run into a financial crisis caused by the tornado.

"I'm running from here to Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, 27 miles for the victims of Oklahoma," said Butler as he walks Main Street looking for donors.

The Racine native is trying to get the word about his run and it's working.

He's become somewhat of local celebrity after announcing his plans to raise money for the Oklahoma tornado victims by running 27 miles.

Not bad for a guy who says he's not a runner.

"I'm definitely not a runner," Butler says.

But the youth pastor from Racine, and Oral Roberts University graduate, wants to help. Ten of the 24 people killed in the tornado were children.

"I'm a youth pastor and so kids and youth are a passion of mine, helping them out is a passion of mine," Butler said.

Butler's Running4Relief goal is to raise $10,000. Right now he's at $2,000.

He is looking for all the help he can get, even from TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson when he found out he was runner.

"I need as much advise as you can give me, Charles," said Butler.

"Here's my best advice, you're a pastor right? Pray," said Benson.

"Okay, I appreciate that," said Butler with a laugh.

Tuesday, Butler tweeted: I ran 15 miles for the first time in my life. I can't feel my lower half.

Donations can be made at TheHopePushers.com.

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