For those in the running community, you may have heard of Perry Newburn. He gained notoriety this year as the newest honorary member of OUTRUN.
Oh yeah, he also achieved another “little” feat — HE SET A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR RUNNING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES!!!
I don’t remember when it was exactly that I heard about Perry and his plans on breaking the world record for running across the United States. But I did read that he was making an attempt to complete this task in 46 days to help raise money for a couple children’s charities (Sunshine Heros and Koru Care New Zealand). I also read that during his adventure he was turning 60! How many chances do you get to meet someone with so much drive and motivation. Someone who is doing this not just for himself, but to motivate others all the while raising money for a couple children’s’ charities? Exactly. I knew I wanted to meet him, and play a small part in helping him complete his task.
I had a lot going on this month; Woodstock and Not Yo Mommas already eliminated two weekends out of the month in which I would be able to meet up with him, so as my window of opportunity was closing the morning of September 13th had to be it. I messaged Angie, Perry’s crew and told her that I would like to join Perry in the morning. She gave me their planned route for the day and where I should meet them in the morning.
My friends and I had planned a night training run on September 12th. We met at the park at 9:00pm and planned to run at least 2-3hrs. It had been a long time since I ran through the night and it was a nice change-up from my usual runs. We finished up almost 14 trail miles in 2.5hrs. So at 11:30pm I headed home to get cleaned up, change and start my 4hr trek down to Springfield Ohio.
I left my house as soon as I was done getting cleaned up. The drive was a bit long but pretty easy. I pulled into the gas station that Angie told me to meet them at and managed to sleep for nearly 30min, whoohoo!!! LOL! Perry ended up sleeping in a little bit as well, I cannot imagine why he was tired…
Here’s his morning video from our start. Morning of our run
After a brief introduction, watching Perry record his video and telling them that although I would LOVE to hang with him for a ton of miles, I really only had time for four, we were off! Four miles out, then I would have to run four miles back, then make the four-hour drive back home to make it to my cousin’s wedding in time. One would think that if I was going to make a 4hr drive to go run with someone that I would read up on them a little bit… but one would not no me so well and be wrong! Everything I know about Perry I learned on our brief run from Springfield Ohio heading West on Rt. 40. He is really a remarkable man and to try to summarize his trials and accomplishments in my little blog post would not do him justice. This was his very first time in the States and after hearing his story, directly from him, I admire him even more. I urge you to check him out.