List of runs across America

List of runs across America

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There have been several organized stage races across America.[1]

  • 1928 C.C Pyle’s International Trans-Continental Race (From LA to New York)
  • 1929 C.C Pyle’s Race – From New York to LA.
  • 1992-1995 The Trans-America Footrace -organized by Jesse Dale Riley, who lived at the time in Key West, Florida, and Michael Kenney of Eugene, Oregon and sponsored by Runners World Magazine.
  • 2002 Race Across America organized by Alan Firth

James E. Shapiro's book Ultramarathon lists the record runs across America. It was reprinted in Appendix 2 of Paul Reese's book Ten Million Steps with additions.

Name Year Time Distance Route
Men's Record
John Ennis 1890 80.2 days unknown NYC to SF
Edward Weston 1910 77 days 3483 mi NYC to LA
James Hocking 1924 75 days 3754 mi SF to NYC
Don Shepherd 1964 73.3 days 3200 mi LA to NYC
Bruce Tolloh 1969 64.9 days 2876 mi LA to NYC
Marvin Swigart 1971 62.7 days 3266 mi SF to NYC
Helmut Scheike 1971 59 days 2876 miles LA to NYC[1]
John Bull 1972 53.9 days 2876 mi LA to NYC
E. Gordon Brooks 1974 53.3 days 2876 mi NYC to LA
Tom McGrath 1977 53.0 days 3046 mi NYC to SF
Stan Cotterell 1980 48 days 3103.5 miles NYC to SF
Frank Giannino Jr. 1980 46 days 8 hrs 3100 mi SF to NYC[1][2]
Women's Record
Mavis Hutchinson 1978 69.9 days 2871 mi LA to NYC
Oldest Women
Annabel Marsh 1984 126 days 3200 mi SF to DC
Walking Record
John Lees 1972 53.5 days 2876 miles LA to NYC
Oldest Men
Abraham Lincoln Monteverde 1920 79 days unknown NYC to SF - age 61
Paul Reese 1990 124 days 3192 mi Jenner CA to Hilton Head Island, SC - age 73

Other runs

In 1983, Jeff Keith, who had lost a leg to cancer, ran from Boston to Los Angeles to raise money for the American Cancer Society.[3]

From Feb. 1, 2008 to May 26, 2008, three 23-year old runners ran from Tybee Island, GA to San Diego CA. Andy Wahila, Matt Durkin and Ken Stannard ran 2,788 miles in 116 days.[4][5]

From April 21, 1990 to Aug 16, 1990, George Billingsley ran from Jenner CA to Tybee Island GA for 3,028 miles in 117 days. He had started the run with Paul Reese but decided to take a shorter route midway in the run.[6]

Tom Knoll has participated in two charitable fundraising runs across America. In 1983, Knoll ran across the United States for the Sunshine Foundation in 64 days, averaging 46 miles per day. From March 1 to July 4, 2008, Knoll and his son Warren ran from San Diego, California to Washington, DC. Warren Knoll will also bike across the country, possibly marking the first time an individual has both run and biked cross-country in the same event. After each day's run, Warren was driven back to the day’s start point and biked the same distance.[7][8]

From April 23, 2002 to March 20, 2003, 57 year-old Bob Alessio conducted the "Run Across America -- For Enduring Freedom" which covered 5,550 miles from Los Angeles to Boston via Shanksville, PA and Washington, DC.[9] Before and after the run, Alessio ran the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2002 and April 21, 2003.

From June 23, 2006 to October 20, 2006, Paul Staso of Missoula, Montana, completed a 3,260-mile solo run from Cannon Beach, Oregon to Cape Henlopen, DE over 108 running days. Staso averaged 30 miles per day, and pushed all of his required gear, water and food in an Ironman jogging stroller. He appears to be the 7th person to successfully run across the continent without a support crew.[10]

n the summer of 2007, former English boxer Jackson Williams completed a 3086 mile course between California and New York in 95 days.[11]

On September 13, 2008, Charles Engle and Marshall Ulrich began an attempt to break the record from San Francisco to New York. Engle stopped running in Utah due to injuries, and Ulrich is continuing on a non-record pace.[12]

From February 17, 2008 to March 25, 2008, Glen Turner ran 4,233 miles from Oceanside, CA to Tybee Island, GA in an elapsed time of 37 days 1 hour and 18 minutes. He averaged 71 miles per day.[13] Because Turner used a special equipment cart which allowed him to coast downhill, his time would not set a new record for a trancontinental run.[14]

Members of 1979 Cross Country team arrive on campus in 1979 at end of relay.
Eighteen members or alumni of the Rochester Institute of Technology's cross country team ran a a 2,730-mile continuous relay across America in 2004 to commemorate RIT’s 175th anniversary, covering 30 states and four time zones in 12 days, 3 hours, and 48 minutes. They ran from La Jolla, CA to Sandy Springs, MD using 2 mile legs.[15] The run breaks a record set by RIT runners in 1979, who crossed the country to commemorate the university’s 150th anniversary.[16] The 1979 effort included 12 runners and their coach Prof. Peter J. Todd, who ran a 3,600 mile route in 14 days, 4 hours and 8 minutes. [17][15]

From May 1, 2010 to October 15, 2010, Army veteran Mike Ehredt of Hope, Idaho ran 4,425 miles from Astoria, Oregon to Rockland, Maine. He pushed a small cart and placed an American flag at every mile to honor service members who have died in Iraq.[18]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. The prior year, Giannino ran it in 60 days and 6 hrs.
  3. "Amputee to run across the U.S. to raise cash for cancer society", Lakeland Ledger, September 23, 1984. Retrieved on 2010-11-12.
  4. Bigelow, Bruce (2008-05-27). May Gray weather doesn't spoil Memorial Day for transcontinental runners or family on outing. Union Tribune. Retrieved on 2008-09-02.
  6. Reese, Paul, Ten Million Steps (WRS Publishing) p. 198,
  7. Krabel, Herbert (2008-03-05). The 2008 Freedom Run Across America is on the way. Retrieved on 2008-09-02.
  8. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  9. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  10. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  11. "The Toughest Challenge Yet", Running Fitness, November 2009. Retrieved on 2010-10-19.
  12. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  13. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  14. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  15. 15.0 15.1 RIT Runners Will Cross Mississippi River on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23, 2004). Retrieved on 2009-02-15.
  16. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  17. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  18. "Smiling in the rain after 4,425 miles", Washington Post, October 16, 2010, p. A2.