Bitcoiners Organize #RunForHalFinney Memorial Run for Early Bitcoin Developer, Hal Finney, on Sep 6
Five years on from the untimely demise of Hal Finney, a pioneer in Bitcoin development, the community is planning a run in remembrance of him on Friday, 6th September 2019. Bitcoin enthusiasts are urged to join the run through posting pictures of their run on social media using the tag #RunForHalFinney.
Hal Finney, Pioneer in Bitcoin Development.
Hal is remembered as an early Bitcoin developer, long before the digital asset was on exchanges or even had a price. As a believer, Hal Finney worked closely with the other few computer scientists to make what Bitcoin is today.
Unfortunately, the developer died in August 2014, after a five year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neuro-generative disease that eats away at neurons across the body. The developer loved running during his leisure time as narrated by his wife, Fran Finney.
In Remembrance of Hal Finney
In memory of Hal, Team Satoshi, a group of Bitcoin enthusiasts who spread the coin’s gospel through sport, is planning to run in memory of his last full run posted on Twitter. Hal wrote on August 22nd, 2009,
“Just got back from 11 mile run – really treasure each one now.”
Fran confirmed on April 2014, that this tweet was sent out 17 days after the developer was diagnosed with ALS. Furthermore, Ms. Finney wrote that Hal ran his last half marathon on September 6 2009. A decade later, cryptofunks, enthusiasts, family, and friends will be participating in a global run.
Speaking on the importance of the run, organizer Vitus Zeller said,
“I thought it would fit great as a bitcoin and cypherpunk community event to ask enthusiasts to join in for a run on the 10th anniversary of his last real run.”
To participate in the run, post a picture with the hashtag, #RunForHalFinney on social media. Run for Hal. Run for Bitcoin!
In February, well-known graffiti artist, Cryptograffiti, auctioned an art in memory of Hal Finney that raised over $31,000 USD. Every year the cryptocurrency community (especially Bitcoiners) celebrate Hal’s tweet that brought the word Bitcoin to the general public.