East VS West Coast Virtual Challenge- 50k

A couple of weeks ago I ran the East Coast Vs West Coast Challenge put on by Destination Trail and the Yeti Trail Runners.

It was a fun challenge where 918 runners signed up to either run a 10k, Half-Marathon, or a 50k or in classic Michael Wardian fashion, run all the distances. This would be my first virtual run and coming off of the Towpath FKT, I felt recovered enough to give it a go and represent the Beast Coast as best as I could. There was some hype around the event from the East Coast Trail and Ultrarunners Facebook page and it was really cool to see all of the posts from fellow runners completing their races.

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Towpath: A Run to Remember…Setting an FKT in the Time of Covid-19

On May 16th, 2020 at 8:20 am…

I set out on a 70 mile long journey across one of New Jersey’s longest single foot trails to set a FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the trail and to remember and honor the lives lost due to Covid-19.  This would be a run that would change my life.

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Setting the Stage: The D&R Canal Towpath Run to Remember, Honor, and Share In the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic

When did all this begin????

It started almost overnight as the week after I ran the Caumsett 50k in Long Island and then started back to work, Covid-19 would begin to grapple the world and forever change us.  First it was the beginning of cases in Washington and California, which soon became cases in New York and the East Coast. My wife and father who both work at Princeton University were sent back to working from home.

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Towpath: Running and Fundraising To Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic in NJ Amazing How Plans Can Change in an Instant!

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Before You start thinking this is another Coronavirus commentary, this is something much more than that. Something much more important.

Let me explain…

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