Summer 2011: 40 Miles a Day for 79 Days from San Francisco to New York.
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time...

So how did this all come about then?

First of all, we wanted to run coast to coast, starting off by running out of the Pacific Ocean (like on Baywatch) and finishing with a headlong plunge into the Atlantic. We also wanted to link two iconic cities. Given the timing of our run, we realised that the New York Marathon on November 6th would make the perfect ending and San Francisco was the ideal starting point on the West Coast.

 'From Golden Gate to New York State' had a nice ring to it and so the idea took shape. We left Half Moon Bay on August 17th at 5pm and arrived at Brighton Beach, New York just as the sun was setting on November 5th. Possibly not textbook preparation for the Marathon next day...

 We ended up running just over 3100 miles, slightly longer than we'd planned because of an unexpected detour in Nebraska due to the closure of a bridge over the Missouri. Our Blog tells the whole story and also includes details of our preparation for the run if you fancy having a go yourself. There's also a Facebook Group if you want to join.

As soon as we noticed that the shortest route between San Francisco and New York wasn't even a straight line on the map, it should have been obvious that any run needing to take into account the curvature of the Earth was going to be a pretty serious challenge. We were lucky to have film maker Ben Southern along with us to record the highs and lows of our journey and Chris' wife Julia to drive the back up vehicle, book hotel rooms and look after us. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we also managed to raise £15 000 for the charity 'Help for Heroes' (Click on their button below to find out more about them and click here to donate)

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