Minnesota Man Runs Equivalent Of 142 Marathons - Simultaneously!
Anyone who has ever run a marathon knows how difficult it is to complete the 42.195 (26 mile 385 yard) distance. Now imagine running 142 of them, back-to-back - A feat that Minnesota resident Steven Knowlton, has just completed.
Mr. Knowlton began his epic run on July 30th from Seattle, Washington. From there he ran his way through Oregon, Idaho and than on to the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. He than jogged his way through Kansas and Missouri, before continuing east and south through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. On Saturday, November 13th, 100 days, 3,715 miles and six pairs of sneakers later, he finally reached his destination - Key Largo, Florida.
While that in itself is incredible, what is even more so, is the fact that he did it without taking a day of rest and with no support or back-up vehicle. Instead, he wheeled along a baby stroller, filled with drinks, snacks and an extra pair of shoes. The 45-year old says that he ran through painful shin splits, fatigue and hostile weather, because if he took a break, he would lose his momentum and be tempted to take many more!
Having completed over 43 marathons and 2 ultra-marathons (double the distance), his earliest one at the age of nine, Mr. Knowlton is no stranger to long-distance runs. However, this ginormous one was done for a cause very near and dear to his heart - To raise funds and awareness to Crohn's disease, a condition that inflames the intestines, causing intense abdominal pains - Something he has suffered from, since he was 17.
Mr. Knowlton who is currently enjoying some well-deserved rest on the beautiful beaches of Florida, says the run will be memorable for many reasons, not the least of which is the kindness of strangers who offered him food, money and even shelter along the way. His biggest issue? Police officials stopping him especially when he was running across highways, because they believed he was endangering a baby in his stroller!