How Long Does It Take to Run Across the Country?

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The Coast to Coast TeamHave you ever considered running from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean?

For a group of students and recent alumni of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), it is no mere daydream. At the end of 2004, they ran 2,730 miles from Coast to Coast in only 12 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes to celebrate the 175th anniversary of RIT.

Each runner ran for 2 miles at a time before handing off the baton to the next runner, only to receive the baton again 3 hours later. They ran non stop throughout the days and nights, right over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Coast to Coast hand off on a long roadRyan Pancoast and Kevin Turko, two of the runners that took part in the Coast to Coast relay, have put together a documentary about their adventure and posted it up at FloTrack. The documentary is 27 minutes long, and includes original video footage of the run as well as interviews with some of the participants mixed in with some great photographs taken throughout their journey across the country.

I really enjoyed watching the video. I hope that you can take a few minutes to live vicariously through their story and appreciate what a monumental task it was that they undertook.

Click here to watch the documentary over at FloTrack.

(Photo Credits: Matthew Lovis Hartman – Sports Photographer)

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About Blaine Moore

I have been running for almost as long as I have been upright. I have run competitively since middle school, spending my collegiate career running for the Rochester Institute of Technology. I now run and compete for Dirigo, R.C. in southern Maine. I regularly compete in marathons, and have written a book about marathon preparation & recovery. You can follow my blog online at Run to Win.

  1. Nora on February 7th at 2:51 am

    Wow, that looks like such a good time. (I’m sure I would have gotten way grumpy from broken sleep though!)

  2. Ryan on February 7th at 8:26 am

    Thanks Nora! We were all grumpy. I’m usually pretty agreeable, and I was snapping at people toward the end. If you like the video, we’d appreciate a vote, too! It’s the semi-finals now, and the finals in June.

  3. Mark Iocchelli on February 7th at 10:19 am

    That’s a pretty cool video!

  4. Paul on February 7th at 1:30 pm

    It goes without saying that was quite an accomplishment!

    It also goes without saying that I am a total geek and had to do the math

    2730 miles in 12 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes works out to 6:25.79 per mile / 9.36 miles per hour.

    Can that be right? Is my math wrong?

    Considering that each had to run every 3 hours (aka: sleep deprivation) they were flying! I can’t imagine running that fast for 16 miles each day for 12 days straight. Awesome.

  5. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on February 7th at 1:40 pm

    Your math isn’t wrong. Or if it is, it isn’t wrong by much. I think the official published pace is something along the lines of 6:34/mile? They were flying, either way.

  6. Mom On The Run on February 7th at 5:16 pm

    Wow! That’s quite a feat – I’ll have to check out the video after the kiddos go to bed tonight (and after I watch LOST of course).