Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
— John Muir
 Photo by Chris Low

Photo by Chris Low

Welcome to the National Parks Marathon Project! My name is Bill Sycalik and I will be running a marathon in all 60 U.S. National Parks. I want the Project to be a celebration of the restorative power of nature and the joy of running!

I am a recovering management consultant most recently based in New York City. As dynamic as the city can be I realized it just wasn’t feeding me anymore. Upon reading that it is the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service I thought combining long distance trail running with our National Parks would be a spectacular way to see some of the most beautiful places in the world doing something that I love.

And I want you to join me! Become part of the National Parks Marathon Project. Run part or all of the marathon with me. Since organized races are unusual in the Parks the marathons will be self-measured, self-managed, self-supported events. Just me, you and 26.2 miles of beauty. Can't make it when I'm planning to be at the Park but want to run your own marathon? Great! Register it with National Parks Marathon Project. Let's see how fast we can get to a marathon in every Park!

Not a runner? Doesn’t matter. Come meet me at a Park. Spend time recharging in the wild spaces that belong to all of us as Americans. Let’s enjoy the time together.

Follow me and the people I meet on the road. Read more about me and the Project. Help support the organizations I care about.

Join me at a National Park for a run, stories by the campfire or a star counting contest. No matter who counts the most, everyone wins.

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The National Parks Marathon Project was featured in Runner's World! Learn about my trip, things I've had to avoid, how I fuel, who I've met and on and on. 

This Man Is Running a Marathon in All 59 U.S. National Parks—And He Wants You to Join Him - Here are 18 things you need to know about Bill Sycalik.

There is a great article about my Great Escape in the June, 2017 issue of the National Parks Magazine. The National Parks Magazine is published by the National Parks Conservation Association. The National Parks Conservation Association is the only independent, nonpartisan membership organization devoted exclusively to advocacy on behalf of the National Parks System. If you are looking to support and protect our country's natural and historical sites consider joining the NPCA. You'll also get the awesome magazine. 

The National Parks Marathon Project was profiled by NBC News!

Coverage on Next with Kyle Clark on Channel 9 News Denver!

Man runs 26.2 miles in Rocky Mountain, on quest to run marathon in every national park

Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir