Pete Kostelnick, 31, of Hannibal, Missouri, is just five days away from completing a 8,614-kilometre, self-supported run from Kenai, Alaska to Key West, Florida, pushing his gear in a jogging stroller. Kostelnick is best known as the ultrarunner who holds the record for the fastest on-foot crossing of the US, which he finished in October 2016 in 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes. The project was called Pete’s Feet Across America. His current journey began on August 1.
Kostelnick also holds the men’s course record in the Badwater 135 ultramarathon (21:56:32), also set in 2016.
Day 92 complete
Starting Point: Davenport, FL
Stopping Point: Sebring, FL
Today’s miles: 57.3
Total miles: 5,059.6
After some 4:50 am cereal, headed back out on a dark and very foggy… https://t.co/3vqDedi0BP
— Pete Kostelnick (@PeteKostelnick) October 30, 2018
Kostelnick has averaged more than two marathons per day throughout the trip. He plans to arrive in Key West, if all goes well, on Monday, November 5. His latest Instagram post reads as follows:
“With the November 5 finish looming next Monday in Key West, I’d be lying if a countdown hasn’t begun. This run has been all about “counting up” and not counting down to me, so I honestly don’t know or care how far I have left, other than six days to go. My “A” goal was to finish in under 100 days, and it looks like I’ll do that. “B” was two marathons averaged per day, “C” was 50+ miles averaged, and “D” was “just finish.” Song of the day: Shiny Toy Guns-Major Tom
Kostelnick has documented his trip on Twitter and Instagram. Much of the journey has taken place in Western Canada. On August 29, passing through Buckinghorse River, B.C., he wrote:
“Today was the most miserable conditions of the entire run. Rain fell consistently all day. It was cold. Winds came. Caught waves of water from trucks, semis, campers, and RVs. The water spinning off the stroller tires onto my feet and legs. The potholes in construction to cap off the day. Rumble strips (thankfully not many) resembling endless ice trays. It’ll all be worth it in sunny, warm Key West. I don’t technically have a place to stay here in Buckinghorse River since it’s booked for construction crews. I’ll figure something out. Sitting in the restaurant at a table with three construction workers, warming up. Tomorrow is an easy day anyway. Song of the day: Audioslave-I Am the Highway”