Noah Coughlan will set out on a 3,100 mile run across America from the Statue of Liberty to San Diego’s Ocean Beach in the hope of raising awareness and support in the fight against rare diseases. It will be the third run across the country for the founder of the Run4Rare Foundation and begin on February 28, World Rare Disease Day. We spoke to Coughlan about his run, what motivated him to do this, and what he hopes to accomplish.

RARECast is a weekly series by Daniel S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Read his full bio here.