Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Moving Ahead

Help Us out
The Run Across New Hampshire (2008 Edition) may be over, but our mission is not. We are still quite a ways away from our goal to raise $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. We urge everyone to click the link on this blog to purchase a raffle ticket to the 2007 Honday Shadow. Even if you don't like motorcycles or maybe you don't want one.. your $20 donation per ticket helps us get one step closer to our goal of $10,000. Hey, I'm sure we all know someone who would love a new bike for Christmas. Purchase them an early gift with the chance to win one.

A Challenge
Some were in sheer disbelief in seeing a young man run 124 miles in one continuous effort. Its hard to fathom a human being running for almost 32 hours around the clock. Regardless of what you believe or don't; the fact is that it happened and now its time for you to get your legs moving. The fall is a great time to get running. Crisp cool mornings, no more bugs, no heat, no humidity. Get outside and challenge yourselves. I ran 124.4 miles in 32 hours, I'm challenging all of you to run 124 miles in one month. Join us in our efforts, raise money per mile you run in November and pass it on to Make-A-Wish. Remember, you can do anything you put your mind to!

"Breathe deep, look deep, listen deep... Go far"
"Human Potential... is unlimited."
~Sherpa john

Friday, October 24, 2008

So...What Happened???

Well, the run is over! John made it the entire 124 miles and completed the most epic adventure of his running career. I (reluctantly) had to call it quits at mile 70 with what I suspect is a stress fracture of my right foot. I am in the process of working with a doctor to figure out what I did to myself.

John has been writing about the run in a three installment post on his blog. Please click on the "Sherpa John" link to the right or just go to http://www.sherpajohn.blogspot.com. John has an uncanny ability to remember a huge amount of details and his posts are incredible.

I have found it hard to hide my disappointment to my friends and family, but I am learning a lot about myself. I will sit down soon and write a full report about what happened, but I just wanted to update everybody who has been reading the blog.

It is hard to express how much gratitude I have for everybody who supported us and who are continuing to do so. Thank you so much.

Friday, October 17, 2008


OK everyone... here is how you can follow along, how you can help and how you can participate in the Run Across New Hampshire this weekend; October 18-19, 2008.

Live on The Web!
National PowerSports has sponsored a Spot Tracker Satellite Tracking Device. With this device, we get our own page through the spot tracker website. There is a link to that page on the RIGHT of this blog. FOLLOW US LIVE! Click on the link and it'll take you to a page where you can view our location.

Live on The Radio!
101.5 FM The HAWK will be updating those within ear shot of our location throughout the entire run. There is also the possibility that we'll entertain phone interviews with the Radio DJ's. Listen to 101.5 FM The HAWK to get the info!

Join us Live!
Our ROUTE is on this blog. Check it out, we've included maps and pertinent info. Come on out to our next aid station and run a few miles with us. We're NOT racing across the state; this is a journey run. We're going to be running 8:35-10:35 min miles over the first half of the run... and probably 15:00-18:00 min miles towards the end (Maybe slower). Come enjoy the journey with us. We'd love the company. We ask that you donate "X" amount of dollars per mile you run with us.

Join us in Concord
On Saturday from 6-9pm, The HAWK will be at Eastern Mountain Sports in Concord, NH. They'll have live music, a bounce house for the kids, food from the Smoke Shack and 20% in the store for those who purchase a raffle ticket to the bike! We'll arrive in Concord during this window (7-8pm) at which point we'll invite you all in a 1 mile parade run around the parking lot before heading off into the night.

Join us in Portsmouth
We hope to be at The Eastern Mountain Sports in Portsmouth, NH on Sunday Morning around 10am. Come on down at register to run the final 10 Miles of our run with us. It'll only cost you a minimum donation of $10 to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH. The first 50 runners to register will get an EMS Water Bottle and a Gear Bucks Card. We'll also be raffling off a brand spanking new Hydration pack for those looking for new gear. Get there and register early to join us on the final stretch of our run!

Join us at The Finish!
We'll finish up our 124 mile journey at the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Come on down, its FREE for Make-A-Wish Families. Support Make-A-Wish, found out about their programs, make a donation, support the Seacoast Science Center and witness history as we become the first crazy fools to Run Across NH non-stop. We hope to arrive here around Noon-1pm on Sunday.

How You Can Donate:
1.) Join us on the run and pay per mile, or just hand our crew your donation
2.) Come to EMS in Concord and purchase a raffle ticket
3.) Come to EMS in Portsmouth and register to run.
4.) Purchase a raffle ticket through pay-pal by clicking the link on our blog
5.) Come to the finish at The Seacoast Science Center, celebrate with us, and make a donation.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pre Run Thoughts

New Hampshire
New Hampshire was named after the southern English county of Hampshire. It borders Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. It ranks 44th in land area, 46th in total area of the 50 states, and 41st in population. It became the first post-colonial sovereign nation in the Americas when it broke off from Great Britain in January 1776, and was one of the original thirteen States that founded the United States of America six months later. It was the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution, bringing that document into effect. New Hampshire was the first U.S. state to have its own state constitution, and is the only state with neither a general sales tax nor a personal income tax at either the state or local level.

It is known internationally for the New Hampshire primary, the first primary in the quadrennial U.S. presidential election cycle. Its license plates carry the state motto: "Live Free or Die." The state nickname is "The Granite State", in reference to its geology and its tradition of self-sufficiency. Several other official nicknames exist but are rarely used. Among prominent individuals from New Hampshire are founding father Nicholas Gilman, Senator Daniel Webster, editor Horace Greeley, founder of the Christian Science religion Mary Baker Eddy, poet Robert Frost, author Dan Brown, and comedians Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, and Seth Meyers. New Hampshire has produced one president, Franklin Pierce.

It is the second most forested state in the country, after Maine, in percentage of land covered by woods. This change was caused by the abandonment of farms during the 20th century as many farmers took wage jobs in urban areas or moved to more productive areas. The return of woodlands from open fields forms the subject of many poems by Robert Frost.

Final Thoughts
It is finally time. Its been many months since I first concocted this idea to run across the Great Granite State of New Hampshire. Many nights the moon has risen and set, many days has the sun cast its shadows upon the land. The mighty tree's reach for the sky, as their colors blanket the landscape. The sap flows fast, the air is getting crisp. The steeples ring out for all to hear and New Hampshire's Autumn charm remains in full swing. I am very excited about this great adventure to discover a different side of New Hampshire from what we are used to. In a world where we relay on cars to travel and peer through windows to see the world; I choose to use my legs, run along and breathe the air, hear the sounds, taste the spirit and see it for all of its undeniable beauty.

This great journey across our state beckons us forth unto the landscapes of a thousand men before. We have no idea what is in store for us, though we are certainly having a great time trying to guess. We'll start by dipping our legs into the Connecticut River, retrieving a vial of water and then lacing up our shoes for our long journey home. We'll run to the east, across many towns, past many fields, along ancient rock walls and by the homes of many a hardened local. New Hampshire is a rugged place. The hills are long and seemingly endless. The night will be cold, the air crisp and the leaves will fly about. I can't wait to run through historic downtown Portsmouth, hear the sounds of generations gone by only to run along the sea to the end of our long journey home.

We've spent weeks planning this adventure and everything is in place. My ankle is 100%. My anemia is under control. I have but one thing on my mind for this run and its called: Experience.

Kurt Hahn once said, "Without self-discovery, a person may still have self confidence, but it is a self confidence built on ignorance and it melts in the face of heavy burdens. Self discovery is the end product of a great challenge mastered, when the mind commands the body to do the seemingly impossible, when courage and strength are summoned to extraordinary limits for the sake of something outside the self--a principle, an onerous task, another human life."

Self discovery is that little voice in your head that dares you to dream it, moves you to do it and wills you to experience it. And as I continue to discover my own Human Potential, and discover a deeper sense of self; I strive to discover a better sense of self worth, answer the unanswered questions of days gone by and transcend into a place of other worldly thoughts and beliefs. This place is where the fire burns within, the place that lights the way at night, that keeps me questioning during the day and the place where self discovery isn't marked by a map; but found through the use of our mighty compass.

It is truly an honor and privilege to be running to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. For a few years now I'm dreamed dreams and wished upon wishes and worked hard and diligently to see to it that my dreams come true and my wishes are granted (sorta). But in our time and age there are young people, kids, who don't have the same luck, the same freedom, the same ability to live their dreams and see to it that their wishes do come true. As I live my dream of running across the state and grant my wish that the task will be done... I'll think of the young people of the Make-A-Wish Foundation who are the same as you and me. They dream, they wish... they should be given the chance to achieve. This is for them.

The Run Across New Hampshire
Miles: 124 = 100% Pavement
Time: 30-36 Hours (Prediction)
The Route
Start: Route 9 Bridge (Brattleboro, VT - Chesterfield, NH)
Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 6am
Finish: The Seacoast Science Center at Ordiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH
Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 12pm-6pm

Weather Forecast:
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

Join us Friday as we tell you how you can follow our journey LIVE and for ways you can join us on the RANH!

Friday, October 10, 2008

One week left!

So, we are down to the last week before the big adventure. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't nervous, but I am also super excited. This is the typical pattern I go through any time I am going to be running longer than I ever have before. I felt this way for my first marathon, my first 50k, my first 50 miler and I felt it in a big way before my first 100 miler. It is really important to get your head strait before you tackle something like this. I keep going between super confident and terrified. The real trick is to visualize success. If you can't picture something in your "minds eye" then you will have a really hard time doing it. I have found that getting your head ready isn't something that just happens. I have to work on it the same way that I prepare my physical body. It takes time and a deliberate effort. There is a saying in the Ultra world that you run the first 50 miles of a 100 mile race with your body and the second 50 with your mind. I'm not sure what they say about running 124 miles of pavement....

On another note. I have talked with quite a few people that admitted that they were a bit intimidated to come out and run with us. They thought that we are going to be running to fast for them. Please, please, please come out and run with us. Even if you don't run regularly. Even if you are slow. Even if you are really, really, REALLY slow. John and I are not racing this thing. We don't care what pace we go and company will really help us make it through. If you think that we are going to run like what you saw in the Olympics you are in for a big surprise. We don't look like that. We look like two buddies clowning around and having a good time.

If you like to see what two exhausted people who have destroyed their bodies looks like, then by all means please join us for the last couple miles!

Track Us LIVE!

We have purchased a Spot Tracker for The Run Across New Hampshire. This device allows us to send a satellite signal of our exact location every 10 minutes. This signal will then be displayed on a google map that will allow you all to monitor our progress along our entire route.

For those of you whom were thinking about joining us on our adventure, this allows you the chance to find our exact location, and takes the guessing out of it. We'll post a map to this blog the weekend of our run and all you'll have to do is check back here for updates.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Concord Celebration

We want to thank 101.5 FM The HAWK for the support of our Run Across New Hampshire. These folks are going to broadcast our location all weekend long with updates every hour (+/-) of our run across the state. So make sure you tune in to get updates of our progress as we move along. But thats not all....

Thanks to the cooperation of our friends at Eastern Mountain Sports (Concord, NH), They along side with The HAWK will be holding a huge celebration as they await our arrival from the west. The Concord EMS is located on Ft. Eddy Rd in Concord, NH. From 6-9pm on Saturday, October 18th - The HAWK will be awaiting our arrival. They'll have live music, a bounce house from Bounce Around, food from The Smoke Shack plus you guessed it... Raffle tickets to win the always sexy 2007 Honda Shadow 600 being raffled off by National PowerSports Distributors. Thats still not all... it's club days at EMS. If you belong to any outdoor club or organization; you can reap the benefits of 20% off your purchase in the store on that day. Get in there and upgrade your gear!

So if you want to join us for a little fun, Head to EMS in Concord, NH on Saturday, October 18th from 6-9pm. The entertainment will be there. When we arrive at EMS we'll have run 67.9 Miles which is past halfway! Once we get there, we invite you all to join us for 3 laps around the Parking Loop (Thats 1 Mile) before we head off into the night and run the last 56.5 miles of our 124 mile Around the Clock Adventure!

Thats not all though... thanks to our friends at Eastern Mountain Sports Portsmouth! On Sunday Morning, October 19th, join us at 10am at the EMS in Portsmouth on Arthur Brady Drive! Club Days will be over but they're rolling out the red carpet for us. EMS Portsmouth is going to set up an aid station for us as we make it to their store front; 114.4 Miles in! They'll have drinks, gels. But most importantly... for those of you interested in joining us for the last 10 miles to Rye.. EMS is gladly going to offer hand held water bottles to the first few who sign up to join us there. They're also raffling off a brand new hydration pack to anyone who is joining us for those last 10 miles. Consider coming out and joining us on our great adventure.. in Concord, in Portsmouth... or anywhere in between. We'd LOVE to have you! You can sign up in store anytime between now and run day. It'll only cost you a $10 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH. You can sign up that morning too... no worries!

Note: Nate and I were featured on EnduranceSportsBar.com for our upcoming Run Across New Hampshire. Check it out!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Run Across NH - THE ROUTE

So I finally got around to mapping out our route for the run and broke it down into 4 legs.
Each legs is roughly 30 miles long and has all of our aid station locations marking on them.
The locations of the stations are approximate.. but all in all I've pinned it down pretty dang close.
For those of you who have been wondering what our exact route is, when we plan to stop etc.. wonder no more.

Below we have provided links to our route broken down into 4 legs. Remember.. we're not running 4 separate legs across NH. We are both running 124 miles from beginning to end around the clock. I have broken the run into 4 legs so that it is more easily viewed by you (and us) and perhaps a little easier on the brain.

Here is it:(Click on the leg link!)
RANH LEG 1: Miles 0-30
RANH LEG 2: Miles 30-60
RANH LEG 3: Miles 60-90
RANH LEG 4: Miles 90-124

Miles: 124.38
Elevation Gain: +6,952 ft.
Elevation Loss: -7,145 ft.
Elevation Change: 14,097 ft.
100% Asphalt

RANH Leg 4

RANH Leg 4
Northwood, NH to Rye, NH (Finish)
Miles: 90-124.38
Elevation Gain: +1,079 ft.
Elevation Loss: -1,667 ft.
Elevation Change: 2,746 ft.
Net Run Gain: +6,952 ft.
Net Run Loss: -7,145 ft.
Net Run Change: 14,097 ft.

Aid Stations: 10
Irving Northwood: 90.4 mi
Mendums: 95.3 mi
Dunkins Lee: 98.9 mi
UNH Field House: 102.5 mi
Wagon On The Hill: 108.2 mi
Newicks: 110.5 mi
EMS Ports.: 114.4 mi
Goat Island Fishing: 117.7 mi
1B/1A Jct.: 121.7 mi
Seacoast Science Center: 124.38 mi (FINISH)

To see this information on a webpage CLICK HERE

RANH Leg 3

RANH Leg 3
Hopkinton, NH to Northwood,NH
Miles: 60-90
Elevation Gain: +1,654 ft.
Elevation Loss: -1,547 ft.
Elevation Change: 3,201
Net Run Gain: +5,873 ft.
Net Run Loss: -5,478 ft.
Net Run Change: 11,351 ft.

Aid Stations: 5
Parker House: 65.2 mi
EMS Concord: 67.9 mi (Parade)
Horse Corner: 73.5 mi
Epsom Wendy's: 79 mi
Rte. 4 Rest Area: 81.7 mi

RANH Leg 3 Miles 60-90 Hopkinton, NH to Northwood, NH This includes a 1 mile Parade around the EMS Parking Lot in Concord. 3 laps = 1 mile there. Then we continue on into the Night down Route 4.

To view this map on a webpage please CLICK HERE

RANH Leg 2

RANH Leg 2
Stoddard, NH to Hopkinton, NH
Miles: 30-60
Elevation Gain: +1,248 ft.
Elevation Loss: -2,089 ft.
Elevation Change: 3,337 ft.
Net Run Gain: +4,219 ft.
Net Run Loss: -3,931 ft.
Net Run Change: 8,150 ft.

Aid Stations: 5
Rest Area: 34.6 mi
N. Antrim FD: 38.6 mi
Hillsborough: 44 mi
Amey Brook Park: 51.4 mi
I-89 Underpass: 58.6 mi

RANH Leg 2 Miles 30-60 Stoddard, NH to Hopkinton, NH 2 Planned route changes off of US Route 9. We plan to run through downtown Hillsborough on Old Route 9. Then we plan to get off of 9 again through Henniker where well run through Downtown (Maple to Main) 5 Aid Stations

To View The Web Version of this Map CLICK HERE

RANH Leg 1

RANH Leg 1
Chesterfield, NH to Stoddard, NH
Miles: 0-30
Elevation Gain: +2,971 ft
Elevation Loss: - 1,842 ft
Elevation Change: 4,813 ft cum
Aid Stations: 4

Aid Stations:
Start: 0 mi
Gorge: 8.5 mi
Keene Super-8: 13.9 mi
Granite Gorge: 20.5 mi
Stoddard 26.8 mi
Our run starts on US Rte 9, on the bridge spanning from Chesterfield, NH to Brattleboro, VT. We'll begin by dipping our legs into the Connecticut River and obtaining a small vile of water to carry to the Atlantic. Leg 1 covers Miles 0 - 30.

To View Map on Web CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Time to Taper

This past Sunday, Nate and I ran in the Vermont 50 Mile Ultra. The race is a mountain race traversing the many dirt roads and single track trails of East Central Vermont including the towns of Hartland, Windsor and Brownsville. This is our longest run heading into the Run Across NH as we not taper for our last 2.5 weeks heading into our big run.

Nate finished in a time of 9 Hours 23 Minutes 12 Seconds.
He was 15th in his age group (Men 40-49) and 40th out of the 162 finishers of the race.

Sherpa John finished in a time of 8 Hours 58 Minutes 43 Seconds.
He was 7th in his age group (Men 20-29) and 30th out of the 162 finishers of the race.
To read John's report visit HIS BLOG

Two amazing runs to top off the training regime as Nate and John make their final preparations for their run across NH.
You can still purchase raffle tickets by clicking one of the links to the right. $20 buys you a chance at a 2007 Honda Shadow 600.
If you are interested in joining Sherpa and Nate on their run across the state (for any portion) please contact them by clicking "Contact Us" on the right to state your intents.

PS.... Sherpa SHAVED! Couldn't stand it anymore and it wasn't very impressive

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fancy Meeting You Here...

Nate appeared briefly in Monday's Concord Monitor in a segment they like to call "5 Questions."

Somewhere in the city limits of Concord; a man by the name of Greg Albert sat at home with a bit of surprise when he read of our journey to come. Why you ask? Because it turns out that Greg has his own challenge before him. The same weekend as our Cross State Run (October 18-19), Greg plans to run 48 Miles in 48 Hours from Concord, NH to Groton, MA. Not quite the same scope distance wise... but within the same bounds of what we are trying to accomplish with our run, Greg contacted me.

So.. Greg is running the 48 miles in 48 hours on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Please visit his site and lend him some words of encouragement. 1.) Because its a nice thing to do and 2.) Because this guys is doing exactly what I want our run across the state to accomplish. He is getting out the door and searching for his own "Human Potential." While Greg worries his idea may not be "crazy enough," it is a step towards discovering more about himself. Heck, someday I hope Greg finds himself in the land of Ultramarathons, pushing the limits and finding out that what is impossible was never really impossible at all.

So if OUR run of 124 miles, in one shot, without sleep, across the great State of NH is a bit too intimidating for you to even consider participating in for even a few miles. GET OUT AND HELP GREG! He is doing another amazing adventure for amazing people like you, me and our loved ones. LEFT RIGHT REPEAT!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Anterior tibial tendonitis

In an earlier post I explained that I am having some ankle pain that doesn't seem to want to go away. I decided to see my favorite Physical Therapist, Brian Verville (Granite State Physical Therapy). A year ago Brian fixed my Plantar Fasciitis on my right foot. This was a great help as it had bothered me for over a year and sometimes the pain felt like a nail was being driven into my heel. Not fun...

Brian diagnosed me with Anterior Tibial Tendonitis. This is another common problem for runners, espcially runners who pronate like me. I suppose running all these miles doesn't help, but there is no way that I am going to stop so something else has to be done. Brian has been giving me "Iontophoresis" treatments which is doing wonders. This is a neat treatement that involves a sticky pad that gets saturated in an anti-inflamitory liquid then attached to a electronic device. This device puts electricity into the area that is inflammed and drives the medicine into the area. It hurts a little bit, sort of like getting a tattoo, but not that bad. Brian also does some ankle manipulation to try to stretch out the tendons.

Both of these problems are caused by my incredible lack of flexibility. Tight calfs and pronation are not a good combination. I have been thinking about taking a Yoga class, but I am afraid as I can barely touch my toes.

I go back for two more treatments this week and I am going to put it to the test this weekend at the Vermont 50, a 50 mile race through the mountains of Vermont. Lets hope it holds up!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Forrest Gump

Things are coming along greatly for the Run Across NH next month. Various business's and non-profits are coming together to help our cause in raising money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH. While the run has turned into a fundraiser, I am most excited about the experience. I've always wanted to experience NH in a unique way, on foot, close to the land and its people. Its important to me. In any case; here is an update to fill everyone in as to what we're currently cooking up for the run.

We are working with "The Hawk" FM Radio Station and Eastern Mountain Sports to try to bring you guys a wonderful family experience the weekend of our run as Concord awaits our arrival. The EMS location in Concord is just past half way in our cross state adventure and we want to celebrate the halfway mark with all of you. So stay tuned as these things are finalized.

We will be finshing our run at The Seacoast Science Center in NH's very own Ordiorne Point State Park. Park admission on Sunday (10/19) is going to be FREE and the Seacoast Science Center is going to open its doors Free of Charge to Make-A-Wish Families. You can find out more info about the SSC by clicking HERE. It really is a gorgeous location and I can't wait to get there to end our run. We hope many of you will come help support the SSC and help us celebrate the first Cross State Run in NH History.

Training is going much better now that my Iron pills are kicking in to quell the effects of Anemia. Doctors appointments are not over but I feel much better and am hopeful. The Vermont 50 is next weekend (9/28) in Vermont and its one of my favorite races; one that I look forward too all year. 50 Miles in the mountains of Vermont is going to be a great last long run as we head into our 124 mile adventure.

For those who remember the movie Forrest Gump, I've decided to try my luck at growing a beard for this adventure. It's actually a pretty sad looking process and it definately is not what I am used to. But I also like not havign to shave. Every morning in the shower I reach for the razor only to leave it in place. So my plan is to hopefully make it to October 20th without shaving. October 20th is my 27th birthday and the first day after what I hope is one amazing journey. And I guess if I shave it off or not will depend on what I get out of this great adventure. I'm sure it won't get as long as Forrest's but it'll be funny none-the-less.

Below is a movie I like because it answers those same repetitive questions Nate and I hear a lot: "so what do you eat? What if you have to pee?" Forrest can answer for us nicely.

So.. I'm taking my peach-fuzz and going to continue to prepare for the Vermont 50, and this first continuous crossing of NH on foot. Hope to see you all out there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Map of the run!

Click on the image to view it bigger!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

And We're Off!

This past Saturday we kicked off our fundraising with an open house at National PowerSports Distributors. We had an amazing time at the shop, especially seeing as a few of our wish families showed up to lend a hand and some support. Zach, Steph and Emily are all wonderful kids and their families extra special. It truly is an honor to be running on their behalf.

The shop donated $100 from the sale of every motorcycle, offered up bike cleaning and detailing for donation. We sold Make-A-Wish stickers, wrist bands, etc. And we kicked off the raffle of the 2007 Honda Shadow 600, which you can buy tickets for now through December at $20 a piece (see buttons on the right).

All in all, we had an amazing day raising over $1,800 for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH on our first day. We still have $8,200 and we know we can do it. But we can't do it alone. We still need your help. So spread the word about what us crazy guys are doing next month and get your motorcycle lovin' friends to try their luck on an awesome ride!
(Stephi goes for a spin!)

Nate and I both ran in the Pisgah State Park 50K this past Sunday out in Chesterfield, NH; which is right down the road from where we plan to start next month. We got a first hand look at our route on the way home from the race and we both acknowledge that there is nothing easy about what we plan to do. The hills are all 2-3 miles in length, relentless and paved.. yuck! But it's still a small price to pay for such an amazing cause.

Nate finished the 50K (31 Miles) in 5:59 while I ran in at 6:31. What made the event extra special (besides the rain and endless mud) was seeing our friend Steve VanOrden finish his first 50K. On Sunday, Steve proved to many folks in his life that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. With that being said, we hope many of you will continue to consider coming out to run along side us next month. We'd really enjoy your company.
We're still working out the details on some special events we hope to have taking place during our run across NH. Once we finalize the details, we'll relay the info to you all here and hope to see you in Concord and in Rye during our run for some special events thanks to our sponsors. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Open House For Make-A-Wish

THIS SATURDAY come on out to National Powersports Distributors on Route 106 in Pembroke, NH for their Open House to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH.

Nate Sanel is openning his doors to everyone and anyone. Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, September 13th to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of New Hampshire. We will have all kinds of fun events such as Benelli Demo test rides, free food by Einstein Bros., bike washing and detailing (by donation) and live radio broadcasts. For every bike they sell on that one day only they will be donating $100 to the NH Make-A-Wish foundation!

Joining us for the event is Frank FM 106.3, Einstein Bros. Bagels and the two of us crazy runners. We'd LOVE to see you there!

Speaking of Frank 106.3; this morning Nate and I had an interview on Frank's Place with Jim and Sarah. If you want to listen to it here are some directions:
~Go to http://www.1063frankfm.com
~In the upper right hand corner you'll see "Listen Live - On Demand Media Center"
~Click on it
~Ok... a pop-up box radio will appear and you'll have to endure a commercial.
~Once the commercial ends, you'll see in the upper right hand corner "Live" or "On Demand Media"
~Click On Demand Media and then look below. You should see "Nate Sanel and John Lacroix - Frank's Place talks to Crazy People!!"
~Click on that and listen to the entire interview!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

24 Miles hurt, whats another 100 going to do to me?

This morning I slept in late (8:00) and then gathered up my gear for a 26 mile run. I ran 10 miles on Thursday and another 10 yesterday and have been feeling pretty strong. I really tried not to run to fast, but just have a nice day of sightseeing. I put two of my usual routes together which have a ton of hills and just took my time. The weather was beautiful and I was thankfull that I didn't have to run in a downpour like I did Thursday. I'm not ready to run in my basement on the treadmill yet. I'll be doing enough of that this winter and want to wait as long as possible before I have to endure that boredom.

Tweleve miles into the run I was feeling great and stopped at "The Beanstalk" on Rt 106 in Loudon. I said hi to my former neighbor Russ, the owner (I used to own the building next door when my motorcycle shop, National Powersports was in Loudon) and filled up my bottles. I took off through Canterbury into even more steep hills. About 15 miles into the run my right ankle started to really hurt. I have been having this problem off and on since I raced a 53 mile race with extremely steep hills in Pittsfield VT and it seems to hurt worse when I run on the pavement. I did my best to get around it and still maintained a pretty good pace (24 miles in 3 hours 33 minutes) but it is really getting into my head how difficult it is going to be to run this long on the pavement. If it was off road I wouldn't be worried as much.

I'm going to go to my PT and see if I can find out what I can do to get it stronger. I'll post here as soon as I know more info. In the meantime, it is time to get ready for this weekends race, a 50k (31 miles) in Chesterfield NH. This will be in the area that the run is going to start so John and I are going to scope out part of our path.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

How Far IS 124 Miles?

Trust us, it's pretty darn far. As Nate mentions below, physically we know we can run the distance; but its the sheer mental capacity that is truly needed to meet our goals. Determination and sheer will power can get you pretty far on the road.. but its motivation and fortitude we will look towards. The children of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire are motivation enough; and fortidue I know I have from my experiences in long distance running.

I've run races in New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming and Vermont. Running has shown me many wonderful places, and brought me closer to various peoples, their local cultures and landscapes. This is why I run. And I run to give others hope.. that they too can get up off the couch, put down a cigarette or a drink and change their lives forever. Running is a great way to escape.. to release.. to believe in yourself once again. And as we bring the chance at granting wishes to our state's children, we also strive to empower the people of the Granite State to get moving and do something good for not only yourself but for others.

People always say to "Leave the world a better plan then when you found it." What are you doing to make this happen? You can;t change the world until you learn to change yourself. Its in you.. all you need to do is believe in YOURSELF and the rest will follow. I believe in you... all of you.. no matter where you are. And I hope next month, you'll come to New Hampshire, you'll hit the roads.. and show us that seeing is believing and doing is forever.

Having visited so many wonderful places in my travels, I always thought about "what if" I ran across NH. I've been toying with the idea for some time now. Then I learned that a friend of mine ran across Long Island (lengthwise) on behalf of a charitable cause. I knew that if he could do it.. then I should do it. I ran the idea past many friends and Nate is the only one who accepted the challenge. With his drive to raise money fo an amazing cause, we chose to combine our passions and go the distance.

Just how far is 124 miles?
For those who regularly travel I-93. 124 miles is from the Mass/NH Border - Northbound to Littleton, NH
Its Boston City Hall to somewhere shy of Waterbury, CT... yes... South of Hartford, CT. Boston City Hall to Hartford City Hall is only 100 Miles... think of that for a minute.

124 Miles is Five Marathons (26.2 Miles) back to back
124 Miles is Nine Half Marathons (13.1 Miles) plus a 10K back to back
124 Miles is Twenty 10K (6.2 Miles) races back to back
124 Miles is Forty 5K (3.15 Miles) races back to back

124 Miles is the Connecticut River in Chesterfield, NH to the Atlantic Ocean across New Hampshires storied countryside, where its people are as resilient as the granite that shapes the land. Yes.. 124 miles is a long way. And we'll enjoy every step we take. See you there!

~Sherpa John

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Getting ready

Today John and I ran in Patuckaway State park for about 2 hours. Most of our time was spent talking about our approach to this run and what a monster it is becoming. The people who have shown interest in supporting the run have been fantastic. It looks like there will be a ton of media coverage as most people are pretty blown away when they hear that we will be running for so long at a time. For us, the idea of running 124 miles is fairly technical. Mentally we both are pretty prepared. Neither one of us has run for more than 100 miles at a time; John has done it 6 times, I have only done it once and we know the toll it will take on our bodies.

One thing that we have learned by running long distances is that the mind is equally, maybe more, important than your physical ability. This is one of the reasons that I am so inspired to run for Make-a-Wish. The kids that are facing life threatening illness understand this power of the mind because the have no choice. They have to fight and they do it with dignity and a power that most of us will never have to draw upon. During this run I am prepared to be in incredible pain and I also know that no matter how bad it hurts I can stop. These kids don't have that luxury and they provide me with the inspiration to continue no matter what.

John and I will be posting here regularly to keep everybody up to date on new developements of the run and to share our training.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Run Across New Hampshire

John Lacroix
235 Central Ave Apt 3
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 391-8599

WHO: Ultramarathon runner “Sherpa” John Lacroix
WHAT: A 125 Mile Around the Clock Run from The Connecticut River to The Atlantic Ocean.
WHY: To benefit The Seacoast Science CenterWHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2009 – Sunday, October 18, 2009
WHERE: Route 9 Chesterfield, NH to Ordiorne State Park in Rye, NH.

Epping, NH – September 15, 2009
What started out as an idea to discover New Hampshire’s autumn charm, has turned into a fundraiser for The Seacoast Science Center. Ultramarathon runner "Sherpa” John Lacroix is planning to run around the clock starting October 17th; 125 miles from New Hampshire’s Western-most point to the State’s easternmost point and do it all to help raise funds for a Seacoast Education Institution.

The Runner
“Sherpa” John Lacroix is an ultramarathon runner from Epping, NH and full time student at the University of New Hampshire where he majors in Outdoor Education. Previously Lacroix has raised over $20,000 on behalf of the American Diabetes Association Research Fund through a documentary film he made on hiking New Hampshire’s 4,000 Foot Peaks. Lacroix ran across New Hampshire in 2008 in part of a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire.

The Route
Lacroix’s journey is 125 miles (200 Kilometers) in length and will be run Around The Clock, start to finish without stopping. He will start on the NH Route 9 Bridge connecting Brattleboro, VT with Chesterfield, NH over the Connecticut River. His Run on Route 9 will take him through the towns of Chesterfield, Keene, Sullivan, Hillsborough, Henniker, Hopkinton, and Concord. He will then take US Route 4 through the towns of Chichester, Epsom, Northwood, Barrington, Lee, Madbury, Durham, Dover and Newington. He will then run through the streets of Portsmouth and New Castle before reaching the terminus at Ordiorne State Park in Rye, NH. He also plans short stints through downtown Hillsboro, Henniker, Concord, Durham and Portsmouth.

How You Can Help
The runners encourage everyone to show support through donations to the Seacoast Science Center. He also invites everyone in the surrounding areas to come on out and run with him on his Around the Clock Journey across the state. Whether it be for 1 mile or 20 miles, he asks that you donate at least 1 dollar per mile you run beside him.

About The Seacoast Science Center
The Seacoast Science Center, located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH is a flagship institution in the region's cultural economy. A popular destination for families and students to learn about coastal environmental history, the Center creates connections to nature through personal learning experiences in the natural sciences. The Center's mission is met by providing engaging and interactive programs and exhibits. Each year, over 60,000 people visit the Center, 15,000 of whom are students from throughout New England.

When the Center opened in 1992, it was considered a model of public/private partnership. Managed by the Audubon Society of New Hampshire under contract with the state, Center operations were also overseen by an affiliation with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and another non-profit, the Friends of Odiorne Point State Park. In 2001, the Center became an independent non-profit organization. A year later, the Friends merged with the Center. Today, the Seacoast Science Center, still operating under contract with the state, has over 1,300 member households, over 100 volunteers and a year-round crew of 16.

For More Information about the Seacoast Science Center, please visit them online at: