I have been overwhelmed by the positive response to my project. People love the idea of running a marathon in a National Park much less all of them. What better way to see 26.2 miles of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Many people want to join me but just can’t make the schedule work. I’ve got a solution! I want you to go out and run a marathon in a National Park on your own schedule and then register the run with the National Parks Marathon Project.
Here’s how. Capture the marathon with your GPS and then go to http://www.runningtheparks.com/enter-your-marathon/. All that is needed is your name, date of your run, the National Park and a link to your GPS information.
As we continue to run marathons in our National Parks There are pages on the web site with a graph of the marathons by park and a running log of the marathons run with links to the GPS information.
Here we can amass a treasure of marathon routes in National Parks that can be used as reference for future runners. In addition I want to see how fast we can run a marathon in every National Park!
The Rules - very simple:
- Complete 26.2 miles in one shot - For instance, no 13.1 miles out, camp for the night and 13.1 miles back the next day. No two hour lunch stops. No swimming breaks. Normal stops to refill or filter water or leave water, of course are allowed.
The entire course must be within the boundaries of one of the 59 U.S. National Parks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States).
The course must be captured by a GPS and the route shared for others to reference.
I encourage you to also consider registering the run with my friends at The Trail Run Project - http://www.trailrunproject.com/. This is the best site I’ve seen for finding courses run by others in National Parks and other areas throughout the world. Surprisingly simple.
Let’s see how fast we can get to a marathon in all 59 National Parks! I’m on track to do it within 18 months to two years. Let’s see if we can do it much faster than that!