MANY PEOPLE ASK WHY PETE IS RUNNING ACROSS AMERICA. THESE ARE THE REASONS.
Promote an active lifestyle. Like many Americans, Pete started running to lose weight. During college, he tipped the scale at 200 lbs and set a goal to complete a marathon, something he thought he would never do; the Marine Corp Marathon. His father and future wife provided lots of encouragement for his next goal, qualify for the Boston Marathon, which he did in 2009 and ran in 2010. This sequence of events gave birth to a runner who does things that he could only imagine before. Running the Badwater 135 Mile Ultra Marathon in 2014 was a dream come true.
Dare to dream big. Once Pete began to live out his imagination, big things happened, running 423 miles in 7 days across Iowa, winning the 2015 Badwater 135 and running 163 Miles in 24 hours. And of course breaking the record and running 21:56:32 at the 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 was an incredible achievement. Now Pete’s dreams and feet are taking him on a journey across the United States of America with a goal to run it faster than anyone has before. The record is over 35 years old and no one is more qualified and has a stronger support team than Pete to make this dream a reality.
Do what you love. At a very young age, Pete enjoyed going on road trips with his family. So much so that he thought the ultimate road trip would be on foot, across the country, seeing small towns and meeting all the people that makes America so great.