Christian Griffith (born August 14 1970) is an endurance athlete and communications strategist. A survivor of child abuse, he has worked with child abuse prevention organizations in an effort to raise awareness and raise funds. In March 2018, in partnership with the non-profit organization Help For Children (HFC), Griffith started Run2Heal, a transcontinental run across the United States. His goal is to raise $1 million for Help For Children.
Griffith was sexually abused as a young teen, a secret he kept for 30 years. In early 2016, Griffith shared his story with a friend and started to address the issue. He began therapy treatment and found that speaking to others about what happened to him was an effective approach. He has since encouraged other victims to do the same.
Griffith also found relief by participating in extreme sports, including ultra-marathons and obstacle races and has used his athletic ability in efforts to raise money for and awareness of child abuse.
On March 23, 2018, longtime girlfriend Lindsay Luna gave birth to their first child, Kai Marley Griffith.
As an ultra-endurance athlete, Griffith has participated in several marathon and ultra marathon races, and obstacle course races including Spartan Beast. He has appeared in several endurance-themed television programs, including American Ninja Warrior on NBC and The Selection: Special Operations Experiment on the History Channel.
Griffith is an American marketing professional, with a background in marketing, advertising, branding and digital media. He is the founder of Live for a Living, a digital communications company. Griffith previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Freebairn & Company, a 30-year old marketing, advertising & communications company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Griffith began his partnership with the non-profit group Help For Children in 2017.In March 2018, Griffith started Run2Heal, a transcontinental run across the United States. His goal is to raise $1 million for Help For Children.
Griffith attended the University of South Carolina, attending campuses both in Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, and completing his degree at the University’s satellite campus: Coastal Carolina University. He attended Myrtle Beach High School.
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- Run2Heal/HFC Webpage
- Facebook page
- Athlinks profile
- Obstacle Racing Media
- American Ninja Warrior
- The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
- The Divergent Series: Insurgent
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