Disabled veteran, long time radio disc jockey, B.J. Bell to run 100 miles in one month to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention and mental wellness

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B.J. Bell, formerly known for his years on 100.1 The Beat, is now creating different sorts of waves.

“31 days, you got to get 100 miles in 31 days, ” says Bell. “I’m already seven down, Chris, I’ve got 93 left.”

So, what’s causing Bell to be so quick on his feet?

“For veterans suicide and veterans mental health, ” Bell says.

In the 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Report, from 2007-18, an average of 17 veterans take their own lives on a daily basis. It’s no question a number the 44-year old wants to change.

“You got to start somewhere, ” says Bell. “You know you’ve got mental issues, reach out for counseling services.”

This challenge is even more personal for Bell. The former disc jockey weighed nearly 300 pounds – now he’s under 190.

“The best thing for me is cardio, ” Bell continues. “And, I love to run. Push ups and sit ups? I’m not too good on that. Lifting weights? I’m not too good on that.”

The thought of running around 100 miles in a month seems impossible for some. But, for B.J. Bell anything is possible. That includes, hopes of reducing veteran suicides down to zero.

“It’s mental, ” Bell says. “It’s the way it sounds. 100 miles. If you break it down, run three miles a day for 31 days, that’s almost your goal right there.”

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