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(Neb)-Runner Crosses Region In Attempt To Beat Coast-To-Coast Record

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/13/2018 01:33 PM

Photo - Roxi Graham-Marski

CHADRON - A Nebraska native now living in New York City passed through the northern Panhandle this morning on an attempt to break the record for the fastest time in running across the United States - 42 days and 6-1/2 hours.

       Phil McCarthy began his run August 21st from the San Francisco City Hall and will end it in another 3 or so weeks in New York City if he can average about 73 miles a day, every day. He spent last night in rural Crawford, arriving after 9:30 and leaving before dawn.

     An elite world-class ultra-marathon runner, McCarthy is trying to break the record to celebrate turning 50 this year. His route has been a combination of highway shoulders and trails, and he plans to use the Cowboy Trail north of Highway 20 across most of Nebraska to its eastern terminus in his hometown of Norfolk.

      McCarthy has a small support team of 1 or 2 people with him and he welcomes other runners to join him when he passes through their area. When his running schedule allows it, he's also talking to cross country teams and other groups after he finishes a day's run.

        His progress can be tracked in near-real time at his web page https://www.mccarthyrunningexperience.com/phil-s-run-across-the-usa by clicking on the "live" link. There's also a link to a GoFundMe page for those who'd like to help him meet expenses, and you can keep up with his journey on Facebook at "Philip McCarthy's Great Transcontinental Running Exposition."

(Photo by Eser Graham-Marski)


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