Robert "Rob" Newton. Photo via
Robert “Rob” Newton. Photo via

A Hemet man who runs in support of animal welfare causes will be taking one of his longest and hardest treks yet Friday when he joins the “Zion 100 Miler” to raise funds for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Rob Newton will be joining hundreds of other competitors for the daylong race in Zion National Park in southern Utah, traversing canyons, mesas and desert flats — all for the benefit of the SPCA’s Los Angeles branch.

“We are honored that Rob chose to donate to SPCA-LA, and we wish him the best of luck,” said Madeline Bernstein, the nonprofit’s president. “Please show Rob we’re behind him all 100 miles and donate.”

Newton is an outdoor and animal lover who holds degrees in exercise science and sports management. He and his wife, Jessica, operate Diego Farms, which is home to alpacas, chickens, goats, pigs and their beloved canines, according to his website,

In 2015, Newton began a journey of running endurance races to highlight and raise money for animal welfare groups and programs throughout the country. He’s completed more than 20 events so far.

“My hope is to show tangible evidence that small efforts can yield vast results, given time,” he said.

The Zion 100 Miler, sponsored by Ultra Adventures, will take participants across trails, dirt roads and dry washes, as well as up and over 1,500-feet mesas, through a ghost town and across lots of desert scrub, according to the race website.

Donations in support of Newton’s effort can be made at his website, or at this page.

— City News Service

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