About the run
Although I am blind and 62-years-old, I have begun running around the perimeter states of the lower 48. I began in Seattle, Washington on May 15, 2014, and by August 29 had run a total of 1,652 miles. I took a sabbatical after finishing in Tomah, Wisconsin, to participate in the Madison, Wisconsin Ironman. (My second “vacation” while on this run.).
My motivating factors to do the run and to complete the approximately 11,000 mile journey are love and fear. Love for my 12-year-old granddaughter and fear for her future.
My granddaughter has cystic fibrosis, a genetic and hideous disease whose victims have an average life expectancy of 41-years.
I am also the father of two daughters and grandfather of four, Kylie being my one and only granddaughter.
To date, the journey has been nothing less than amazing, filled with interesting and beautiful scenery (I am told), and time spent running and talking with some of the most fun, generous, and interesting people. I have been exposed to both sides of the cystic fibrosis battle. There are those who struggle to hang on to life, and those for whom the new medications are making a very positive and profound difference – giving hope that research is on the right track.
The four “corners” of the U.S. I will be turning on are: Seattle, Washington; Bangor, Maine; Jacksonville, Florida; San Diego, California; and, back to Seattle, Washington.
Follow along on our journey. “Our” refers to all those who help and support me along the way, and all those for who this run will in some way benefit.
There are two goals for this run. The first is to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis. The second is to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
I will be back on the road again as soon as a restructuring of the logistical team has been completed.
Hope you enjoy the journey with us.