Scotsman Sets Out To Row Atlantic, Run The U.S.

It’s good to have goals. They give you something to strive for in life. Just ask Scotsman Don Lennox, who has set a couple of lofty ones for himself. Don had decided that he not only wants to row across the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of 3300 miles, but he also is planning on running across the United States, an additional 3100 miles. Oh, and he hopes to accomplish both in record time.

This past Sunday, Lennox joined three other rowers in launching their attempt to cross the Atlantic starting from Battery Park in New York City. The crew will now row non-stop, 24-hours a day, in two man shifts in an attempt to break the world’s speed record. They hope to reach the shores of England in 45 days or less.

That, in and of itself, is a daunting task and an impressive goal for any athlete. But in Don’s case, it is just the beginning. Upon completing his Atlantic crossing, he’ll board a plane and fly to San Francisco, California where he’ll begin the second stage of his adventure – running coast-to-coast across the United States, something he hopes to accomplish in just 50 days.

Lennox, who is a Somnio sponsored athlete, is making this row and run for a great cause. He hopes to raise fund and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and Help For Heroes, two organizations dedicated to helping severely injured soldiers, on both sides of the pond, to get back on the road to recovery.

You can read Don’s blog by clicking here and you can follow his progress across the Atlantic by clicking here. So far, he is two days in, and making steady progress.

Kraig Becker