Today is the 1 year anniversary of the completion of the RIT Coast to Coast Run by some former teammates of mine. I was jealous at the time that I could not get the time off from work, and wish that I had been able to be a part of it. I am looking forward to buying the book about the run that should be published early next year.

In commemoration of Rochester Institute of Technology’s 175th Anniversary, a group of runners from the University will be running across the country beginning November 17th. Quite literally, the runners will cross the continent, beginning at the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego, and traveling through Phoenix, Albuquerque, Amarillo, St. Louis, Cincinatti, and Washington, DC, before finishing at the Chesepeake Bay outside of Annapolis.

To accomplish such a feat, each runner on the team will run two miles at a time, then rest for 3 hours 30 minutes, to cover the 2,730 mile distance. The team expects to improve the record set by the 1979 cross country team, who ran a similar distance in 14 days, 4 hours, and 8 minutes.

The non-stop relay will take the runners from Sea level in California, to over 8000 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Arizona. Such a daunting task will require training, dedication, and nutrition. Some of the numbers behind the relay:

* Each runner runs two miles at a time
* The runners will average 14 minutes for their two mile segment
* Rest time between runs is about 3 1/2 hours
* Each runner will complete about 6 runs per day and 12 miles per day
* The distance for each runner is 85 miles per week, or 170 total for the trip
* The team will travel through 13 states and the District of Columbia
* The runners will sleep in two RV’s that follow the team, at about 9 mph.

(Original Press Release)