cross-America run

DAYS 62-66 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for the Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I haven't read them in 40 years! Below is what I wrote on these cards each day.

My Dad reviewed the maps and told me I could cut off a few miles if I took a different route. So I did and ended up running on a dirt road having no idea where I was or where I was going!!

My Dad reviewed the maps and told me I could cut off a few miles if I took a different route. So I did and ended up running on a dirt road having no idea where I was or where I was going!!

Day 62 — August 11, 1978
Miles run = 46.4.
Finish location – Boston Heights, OH.

Comments: “We are home! Boston Heights!! Stayed at the Bostonian Motel! The Boston Globe called me at my motel tonight...don’t know how they knew I was there! My knee was TERRIBLE today...very scared! What else can I do but to continue to run on it...oh well. Think of me!”

Hilly.

Hilly.

Day 63 — August 12, 1978
Miles run = 49.6.
Finish location – Johnston, OH.

Comments: “Our last full day in Ohio!  My knee for some reason felt a little better today...thank goodness. Total for today is 2,810.6. Getting close to the magic 3,000! Physically, I feel good but my legs are a little fatigued. Hope you all are doing well and running in the ol’ local road races.”

With Jeff.

With Jeff.

Day 64 — August 13, 1978
Miles run = 51.1.
Finish location – Meadville, PA.

Comments: “Finally reached PA! Just NY after that then Massachusetts!! Not long now...the roads are okay but the terrain is brutal...very hilly...even worse than the Rockies. Hope I can make it through this state without too much trouble...wish you were here.”

 

Hilly. PA was brutal.

Hilly. PA was brutal.

Day 65 — August 14, 1978
Miles run = 50.3.
Finish location – Youngsville, PA.

Comments: “Stayed in the hometown of Mike Shine, silver medal winner in the Montreal Olympics in the 440 hurdles. The town really loves him. They even gave me a real nice welcoming. The people around here are real nice but obviously, you do run into a few #!@&#!! Only 15 days left!!”

 

DAY 66 — August 15, 1978
Miles run = 50.0.
Finish location – Smithport, PA.

Comments: “Gosh, is this country mountainous!!!  It’s going to be tough in PA. I have 475 miles left to go and the total now is 2,962 miles. Tomorrow I hit 3,000 miles!!! And, I haven’t visited the mental institution yet!  Hope to see all of you at Fenway Park or the Eliot Lounge on the 29th.”

DAYS 48-51 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for the Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I haven't read them in 40 years! Below is what I wrote on these cards each day.

Day 48 — July 28, 1978
Miles run = 47.2.
Finish location – Creston, IA.

Comments: “Found out that another person, Alan Tardy from Florence, Mass., stayed at this motel about one month ago and he was also running across the US from San Francisco to his home. He is supposed to arrive one week from this Saturday and he is doing it alone? Yes, all by himself. Unreal.”

Every day I would walk a final two miles with my cassette recorder and record all the highlights of the day.

Every day I would walk a final two miles with my cassette recorder and record all the highlights of the day.

 

Day 49 — July 29, 1978
Miles run = 52.3.
Finish location – Ottumwa, IA.

Comments: “My longest day so far – 52.3 miles! Just two more days and we’re in Illinois and over the Mississippi!! My brother is flying out and meeting us on Monday, July 31st. That’ll really help me – he’ll be here for about one week.”

Supplements – my team would package up about 30 different dietary supplements that I would take every day. Not sure if they helped but I don’t think they hurt.

Supplements – my team would package up about 30 different dietary supplements that I would take every day. Not sure if they helped but I don’t think they hurt.

Day 50 — July 30, 1978
Miles run = 47.0.
Finish location – Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Comments: “Tomorrow the Mississippi and the EAST!  Glad to get out of Iowa – people beeping at us all across the state and other trying to run us off the road.  Have run 2,167 miles – physically OK – little tired by holding on strong!  Till next time.”

Bath – when I could, I would take a bath in the motor home – maybe 3-4 times a week.

Bath – when I could, I would take a bath in the motor home – maybe 3-4 times a week.

Day 51 — July 31, 1978
Miles run = 50.0.
Finish location – Monmouth, IL.

Comments: “We crossed the Mississippi River today and entered into Illinois, our 8th state.   Physically, I feel OK but I will be glad when it is over.  It is very dangerous out on these roads.  No breakdown lanes so the cars and trucks really challenge us!”