Come watch Glen begin his journey run across the U.S. this Sunday, February 17, 2008. He will be starting in Oceanside, CA at the pier on Mission Avenue @ 9:00 a.m. A huge thanks to Comfort Suites of Oceanside for hosting Glen before his launch.
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To the limit
Louisville man sets out for world-record run across U.S.
For some, running 2,500 miles sounds like torture. But for Louisville resident Glen Turner, the run sounds like an adventure.
Turner is hoping to set a world record for fastest unsupported run across the country.
The run will commence Sunday, Feb. 17, in Oceanside, Calif., and end, Turner hopes, eight weeks later in Savannah, Ga.
If Turner meets his 55 day goal to run about 2,500 miles, he may be eligible for a position in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The current world record for the fastest unsupported single-person foot crossing of the United States, (in average miles/day) is held by Alan Tardy.
Tardy’s record was set in 1978, when Tardy was 23.
Tardy ran for 76 days, for a total distance of 5471.77 kilometers run.
Tardy averaged 73.08 kilometers per day during his world record run.
Turner’s goal is to run an average of 46 miles per day, which is nearly equivalent to running two marathons per day.
But what about the problem of carrying clothes, supplies and lastly, sleeping arrangements?
For those challenges, Turner has constructed a custom-made cart.
As an unsupported runner, Turner will be responsible for carrying all of his supplies without a support vehicle traveling with him.
The cart was made specifically for that purpose.
“Think Forrest Gump meets Fred Flintstone,” Turner said on his Web site, http://www.Grtrunning.com.
According to the site, the cart consists of a welded aluminum frame with carbon fiber forks and Zipp wheels. It also has a solar panel to power a music player.
“Music is as much food for me as any sandwich,” Turner said.
Turner will be harnessed into the contraption and contends the cart will allow him a free stride and ability to carry all necessary supplies.
The cart even features a fold-out portion on which Turner can sleep.
Though he admitted he will use the cart to coast on downhill inclines along the way, he said the time will be made up by hoofing the cart — which weighs about 70 pounds when it’s fully loaded — uphill.
“My caveat is that I’m gravity-assisted,” Turner joked this week. “I’m cheating on downhills but going very slow on the uphills.”
Turner said he contemplated doing a “pure run,” which would utilize a baby jogger to hold his necessities.
“But this was way more fun,” Turner said of building the cart.
And not only will the cart hold Turner’s personal needs and help him glide down hills, but it will also carry a computer that will allow others to view his progress along the running route on his Web site.
Turner is hoping to encourage others, especially children, to run with him through town and cities as he makes his way across the United States, sort of like a modern day Pied-Piper.
According to Turner’s Web site, “students from 3rd grade to college, and community members, are encouraged to sign up a team and record their running distances on the team log pages. Results will be calculated and posted weekly to see how teams match up with each other and Glen’s progress.”
Indeed, Turner hopes to get over 1,000 children involved in the run along the way.
As for the daunting task of running an average of 46 miles per day, Turner will need to run anywhere from seven to 13 hours each day in his contraption to meet his 55-day goal and become verified for the Guinness Book of World Records.
Turner’s trek will take him through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama before he reaches his Savannah, Ga. goal.
To track Turner’s progress on his quest, visit http://www.grtrunning.com.