March 27, 2003

Runners Looking For Hosts In Memphis As They Cross USA

Are they protesting the war? Raising money for a special cause? Trying to generate awareness of a political or social issue true to their hearts? What's the motivation behind the two men that are running across the United States and making their way towards Memphis?

"We are runners and thrill seekers," stated Scott Sehon and Dave Bronfenbrenner on their website www.runtheusa.com. "This is something that we've been talking about and dreaming about for the last 4 years. It is a challenge big enough that our simple minds can't simply grasp the entirety of running each and every step from the Atlantic to the Pacific. So in order to grasp it, we're going to try it."

What makes these two Pennsylvania men different than the estimated 200 people that have made the intercontinental run before is that Dave and Scott will attempt the trek without the assistance of a support vehicle. The guys will be making the 3,200-mile trip with a small backpack of gear and will be counting on the good hearts of the citizens along their routes to help them with housing.

"So why then have Dave and I shunned the use of a support vehicle and chosen to attack this beast solo? Why are we going to refuse to pay money for lodging? And why are we going to carry most necessities of survival on our backs for the entire 3,200 miles?," Sehon stated. "Is it because we're stupid, crazy, and naive? Many would say yes, and may be proven right... We want to eliminate the common denominators of most trans-con runs and inject ours with a sense of uniqueness and adventure. We want our run to be different. We want our run to be memorable. We want our run to make people say 'You guys are crazy'."

This week the two runners are in the middle of the 12-day trip across Ohio, covering anywhere from 20-35 miles a day across the 260 mile-wide route in the state.

The two men will then enter Indiana before making there way across Illinois to close out March and the first part of April.

The first stop in Missouri is scheduled for April 18 in Kahoka. The runners will be in Memphis the following day before making it to Downing on April 20 and Unionville on April 21.

According to the men's website they have not secured lodging for their travels across this area. Anyone wishing to offer living space to the two men for their evening stay in Kahoka, Memphis or Downing can contact the runners via e-mail at info@runtheusa.com.

The runners plan to finish up in Missouri in April and head on to Nebraska before ultimately reaching the Pacific Coast on July 24 at Florence, OR. The trip began February 23 in Sea Bright, NJ. On March 25 Scott and Dave were finishing off a 31.3 mile run to reach Tiffin, OH which would mark the completion of 582.7 miles, or a little less than 1/5 of the total trip.

"Perhaps we are crazy, but our dream has been to do something that very few, if any people have attempted before," Sehon said. "We think that we'd be crazy for not attempting this run. Craziness is not chasing a dream when given the chance. At 25-years old, no strings attached, and in a world where tomorrow is not a guarantee........this is our chance."

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