Every now and then, I hear some amazing story about an athlete doing something unthinkable. You know the type of stories I am referring to – Scott Jurek breaking the Appalachian Trail thru-hike record, Paula Radcliffe finishing a marathon in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. These are tales of true inspiration.
Recently, I heard about Aprylle Gilbert. Aprylle is a 45 year old runner and mom of two who started a 3,652 mile coast to coast charity run this past May in Long Beach, California. She trained for two years before beginning her adventure. In just a few days, she is expected to cross the Connecticut border and run 116 miles along Route 6 in my home state. Go Aprylle!
She will end her three month epic journey in Provincetown, Massachusetts after passing through 14 states. And I thought a marathon was a big accomplishment?!
Aprylle was averaging 30-35 miles per day initially but became ill and had a bit of a setback. Even being sick, she has been running about 20 miles per day. She has a support driver traveling with her and people have been donating lodging and food along the way.
So, what’s driving this ultimate long-distance run? Aside from fulfilling a personal goal to run coast to coast, Aprylle set out on her journey to raise money for disadvantaged inner city children and to promote youth advocacy across the country. “I want to encourage young people to make health and fitness a priority and inspire them to dream big.” Aprylle says on her website.
According to media reports, Aprylle has a somewhat troubled past. She left her Rochester, NY home as a teen and hitchhiked across the country. She found a job and eventually married but later divorced. She took up running to help deal with her emotions following the divorce and she found a passion.
Aprylle combined her passion for running and her desire to help young people and she set out on her coast to coast mission. She hopes to use her personal experiences to help kids stay in school and she is raising funds to help expand the programs offered at the Washington United Youth Center in San Jose.
For more information on Aprylle and her Coast to Coast for Kids campaign, please visit aprylle.com and if you happen to be traveling on Route 6 in Connecticut this Labor Day weekend, keep your eyes open for this inspirational Runitlikeamom!
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