SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 5, 2019
323 MILES UNASSISTED
RUN ACROSS WA STATE
I ran 323 miles solo and unassisted (meaning no outside support) from Seattle to Spokane, Washington. I started on September 22, 2019 and finished on October 5, 2019.
- Sense of accomplishment.
- See WA state (he’s never been East of Central WA).
- Meet people along the way.
- Be uncomfortable, be happy, and keep going.
- Maybe garner a couple of interesting stories.
The run started when I disembarked the ferry boat at 801 Alaskan Way in Seattle, after taking the boat across Puget Sound from my hometown of Bainbridge Island, Washington Open in New Window.
I ran between 18 and 33 miles per day, roughly split evenly per day between a morning run and an afternoon run. The entire journey took 13 days, with one rest day when my quad flared up from overuse.
Armed only with a credit card, cell phone and podcast play list, I navigated across the state, sleeping nightly at hotels and motels.
I ate every morning and every evening in local restaurants across Washington state.
I carried my water daily, and rested roughly halfway into each day’s journey. I’ll also carried my lunch purchased in the morning, while trying to minimize the amount of weight carried per day.
My hydration vest has a small backpack, which carried my daily needs (see below for a detailed gear list).
This journey is dedicated to someone very special to Mike who has an autoimmune disease called Crohn’s Disease.
Crohn’s Disease can be annoying at best and debilitating at worst. It’s likely you know someone with IBD or Crohn’s Disease and don’t even know it. Most people suffer in silence.
Mike wants to raise awareness for this disease, which impacts the quality of life for millions of people. Research can make a difference in improving the quality of life for those who suffer.
Please join Mike in his journey by making a donation to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Your support is 100% tax deductible.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, JOIN MIKE!
Any donation amount makes a difference and signifies that you’re joining Mike on this epic journey. Thank you! 🙏
I ran, but I also did — at times — walk and jog.
My goal was not to finish in the fastest time, but to enjoy the entire journey.
GET IN TOUCH
“Meet Mike. He’s running across Washington just for kicks.” by Nathan Pilling, Kitsap Sun, Published 7:48 a.m. PT Sept. 28, 2019.
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