Lazarus Lake is not just a man of words. He “walks the walk.” Today he finished a 3200 mile walk at the Pacific Ocean. He continues to amaze and inspire us mere mortals. (Photo Credit: Mrs. Lazarus Lake) pic.twitter.com/U0rduaCXqq
— BarkleyMarathonsFilm (@barkleymovie) September 14, 2018
Lazarus Lake’s wife Sandra Cantrell posted to vacationwithoutacar.com yesterday:
126 days 11 hours 41 minutes and 57 seconds after getting my feet wet in the atlantic (newport rhode island)
i got them wet in the pacific (newport oregon)
i think i will take that day off now.
Sent from my magic phone
Lake, whose real name is Gary Cantrell, is most famous as the race director for the Barkley Marathons, the notoriously difficult 100-miler that has stymied the efforts of many an ultrarunner (including Canadian Gary Robbins, who has made three attempts, and is the subject of the recent documentary, “Endless”).
— Linda Barton-Robbins (@lindabear78) September 13, 2018
The journey began on May 8th, when Laz drove from Tennessee to Rhode Island, where he started his coast-to-coast walk. Laz has traveled an incredible 5,100 kilometres on foot.
You can find the map of his journey here.
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@fyrfytnmomma and I had the pleasure of walking with Lazarus Lake for a few miles of his #lazcon cross country trek today. More importantly we drove to Michigan to retrieve his beloved walking stick and hat that was left behind yesterday and reuniting him with them in Chicago. See you at the BFC in September! #lazcon #vacationwithoutacar #crosscountry #transcontinental
Rumours of the walk across America surfaced roughly a year ago–Lake has had this trip on his bucket list for some time. He attracted runners in every part of his journey, who would jump at the chance to walk with him as he passed through. (Then they shared their excitement on Instagram.) Since the completion of his walk yesterday, Laz has received huge support from the trail running community and fans of his races.