The Challenge: To cross all 50 states on trails by foot
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Welcome to my page! I'm Brian Stark and I'm trying to run across all 50 states. Last year, in September 2012, I ran 500 miles across Wyoming following the wagon wheel ruts of the Oregon Trail. What got in my way may surprise you. Enjoy this short video to find out what it was and then enjoy the rest of my page! My next trip is a 600 mile run across Wisconsin and Michigan in August 2013. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the run!
Here's my short film video about record-setting run across Nevada on the American Discovery Trail
That's me on The Price Is Right with Bob Barker after a 5,000 mile run
I'm Brian Stark and I like to run really, really far. In September 2012 I ran 500 miles across Wyoming on the Oregon Trail, marking my 29th state completed.
In July 2011 I completed a 500-mile, 11-day run across Nevada on the American Discovery Trail from Baker to Lake Tahoe. The Nevada route crossed 14 mountain ranges, 6 state parks, 5 wilderness areas and included over 37,000 feet of climbing! The purpose of that trip was to promote the American Discovery Trail, Nevada State Parks and to set the record for the fastest crossing of the state on the trail. I completed the trip in 11 days, 7 hours, and 28 minutes.
This year's Wyomathon was a unique experience in trail running. While trying to follow the Oregon Trail across the state, I was surprised at the limited access to the actual trail corridor due to the vast sections of private property the trail crosses.
Up next? A double state trek across Wisconsin and Michigan in fall of 2013. If I'm going to cross all 50 states by 50 years, I need to start increasing my annual progress. I will be running from west to east and from August 16 to about September 1 using both the Ice Age Trail across Wisconsin and the North Country Trail across Michigan.
How did all of this start?
In 1995, as a college graduation present to myself, I hiked the entire 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.
In 1998, I ran 5,000 miles across the US on the American Discovery Trail from Delaware to California.
In 2001, I ran 800 miles from Mexico to Utah on the Arizona Trail.
In 2003 I ran 500 miles across Iowa on the northern section of the American Discovery Trail.
In 2010 I ran 600 miles across Nebraska and part of Colorado.
Will I make all 50 states? In which state will my knees finally buckle? Stay tuned to find out! The links above to Facebook and my blog will keep you up to date.
And be sure to check the other sections of this website - including the video of me on The Price is Right!
Why do this?
Ah, the unanswerable question. Over the years, I've tried to satisfy those who've asked this timeless query. "Because it's there," "Because I can," or even "To see the country from the perspective of the settlers."
However, until you walk into the lives of countless people who offer a hand, a couch or a compliment to a total stranger, well, no answer will satisfy the curious.