Marathon hoops game for a good cause

Two teams of 12 volunteers began what they hope will be a world record 109-hour marathon basketball game Monday in Clearfield, Utah, in a bid to raise money for the families of military personnel, police officers and firefighters killed on duty.

The players will mostly play in shifts of about two hours on and two or three hours off until the game wraps up Friday. The longest break any player will have is five hours, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Spectators’ donations will be given to the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund.

"It’s a good cause for the foundation," said Marine recruiter Anthony Holdren, who took a week of leave to play for the white team representing military members.

"And I wanted to test myself. I’m a Marine. I like a challenge."

The players came out playing hard Monday morning, running fast breaks and committing strong fouls and the blue team, which represents police officers, opened up a big early lead.

Game organizer and foundation director Kurt Spencer said the players would have to slow down eventually but expected none of them would sleep much or at all until Tuesday.

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