Long Distance Runner Going From LA To New York

Long distance runner Alex Bellini has set out on one heck of a run. A month ago, the Italian set out from Los Angeles on a road run that will take him more than 4900km (3045 miles) to New York. He hopes to run 70 stages, each 70km (43.5 miles) in length, to complete the run in just 70 days.

Alex is currently 32 days into the run and is making his way across Oklahoma. If you’re at all aware of the current weather conditions here in the U.S., you know that at the moment that region is getting hit with a nasty heat wave that is causing temperatures to soar well over 100ºF/38ºC. As a result, it has been some very long, and hot, days out on the road. Read more about his progress on his official blog, which can be found by clicking here.

The entire project is sponsored by Jeep, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The company has been practically synonymous with adventure for much of that time, and they are backing Bellini as a sign of their continued support for adventurous lifestyles. The 70th anniversary is also what inspired Alex to run the 70 stages/70km/70 days itinerary.

I can’t even imagine running these kinds of distances in the current heat we’re experiencing. I live further South from where Alex is running, and I’ve been averaging about 4-5 miles per day recently and the heat has been taking it out of me in a very bad way. Putting in these kinds of miles, then doing it again the next day, and the next… Just brutal! Hopefully he stays on pace and hits his target on schedule. For now though, he’s going to suffer.

Kraig Becker

5 thoughts on “Long Distance Runner Going From LA To New York”

  1. Wow. I can barely go for a run around town in this heat. I can't imagine running more that 40 miles in a day with this weather. It's amazing what some people can do.

  2. That is a real extreme deal! I bet only people with physically fit condition would be able to do that 😀

  3. I live in Las Vegas where in the summer time the temps are over 100 degrees every day. In fact if it goes under 100 degrees we say we're having a cold snap.

    My husband and I went out walking this morning – we started at 7:30 am – which was really too late – but hey, it's Sunday.

    I wish this runner well on his excellent adventure across the country. I hear it's starting to cool a bit today.

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