For all the stat hounds out there (like me) here will be the running log of interesting statistics about the project. Let me know if there are any you would like me to add. All stats are as of June 23, 2018 when I completed National Park #52 at Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis, MO.

Summary Statistics

  • Total distance covered: 1,486 miles

  • Total calories burned: 160,213

  • Total amount of ascent (climbing): 203,319 feet

  • Total amount of descent: 207,094 feet

  • Average miles run per marathon: 27.02

  • Average amount of ascent per marathon: 3,697 feet

  • Average amount of descent per marathon: 3,765 feet

  • Average time to complete a marathon: 6 hours and 11 minutes

  • Number of business cards given out (or lost): 1,500

Category: Car

  • Make and Model: 2008 Subaru Impreza

  • Miles driven between June 18, 2016 and July 6, 2017 - 43,545

  • Miles per gallon: 24.6

Category: Running

  • National Parks visited: 55

  • Number of pairs of running shoes: 11 (or thereabouts)

  • Greatest number of miles run: 30.55 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

  • Largest amount of ascent (climbing): 8,376 feet at National Park of American Samoa

  • Smallest amount of ascent (climbing): 79 feet at Congaree National Park

  • Largest amount of descent (down down down): 8,448 feet at Mount Rainier National Park

  • Smallest amount of descent: 98 feet at Congaree National Park

  • Fastest marathon: 3 hours 51 minutes at Dry Tortugas National Park

  • Slowest marathon: 9 hours and 35 minutes at National Park of American Samoa

In the spreadsheet below blue notes the largest value and orange the smallest.  


  • Number of Hammer Gels consumed during marathons: Average 6 per marathon x 51 marathons = 330

  • Number of bananas eaten during road trip: Average 2 per day x 382 days = 764


  • Worst sunburn: Haleakala National Park in Hawaii