The first memory I have of wanting to run across the United States...
...is from my sophomore year in college. I was sitting in Bostwick Caf on a cold winter night at Bucknell University. I don't recall what sparked the thought, but that night I went back to my room, pulled out an atlas, and started to see if it would be possible. From the day that the seed was planted in my mind, I envisioned such a run as being one of great adventure and freedom. I knew that if I ever attempted it, I wanted it to be unlike most other attempts at a trans-USA run. Many have completed a run across the United States. The record for such a run is an unimaginable 46 days. That's an insane 70 miles per day! Until a few years ago I had trouble sustaining that kind of weekly mileage! There is even a race across the country now! Of course the racers are aided and have places to sleep each night. Some have made the admirable trek to raise money for charity or in memory of a lost friend or relative. And still some have gone mostly for the reasons that Dave and I are going: challenge and adventure. However, nearly all successful runs across the United States have had one common denominator: a support vehicle.
I must say, using a support vehicle for such an endeavor is an extremely wise choice. Wouldn't it be great to be able to step into the air conditioning of a motor home for a drink of water on a hot sweltering summer day in the plains of Nebraska? Wouldn't it be great to curl up on a full length couch for a nap when your legs get tired after a 10 mile morning run? Wouldn't it be great to have the security of knowing where you will sleep each night after logging another 25-mile day? The answer to all of the questions is of course.....HELL YES!
So why then have Dave and I shunned the use of a support vehicle and chosen to attack this beast solo? Why are we going to refuse to pay money for lodging? And why are we going to carry most necessities of survival on our backs for the entire 3,200 miles? Is it because we're stupid, crazy, and naive? Many would say yes, and may be proven right. Simply, or perhaps rather difficultly (ask us when we're in Wyoming), we want to eliminate the common denominators of most trans-con runs and inject ours with a sense of uniqueness and adventure. We want our run to be different. We want our run to be memorable. We want our run to make people say "You guys are crazy." Perhaps we are crazy, but our dream has been to do something that very few, if any people have attempted before. We think that we'd be crazy for not attempting this run. Craziness is not chasing a dream when given the chance. At 25-years old, no strings attached, and in a world where tomorrow is not a guarantee........this is our chance.
— Scott Sehon