Man breaks record running across the country in 42 days

Pete Kostelnick, image from his Twitter account, @PeteKostelnick

Pete Kostelnick, image from his Twitter account, @PeteKostelnick

An ultrarunner who ran coast-to-coast broke the world record for the fastest run across America, according to a report by Runner’s World.

On September 12, 2016, Pete Kostelnick took off from San Francisco, the day he turned 29, according to the report.  He went eastward for 42 days, 6 hours, and 30 minutes, running a total of 3,067 miles.

Kostelnick ran an average of 72 miles a day, and broke the previous record of 46 days, 8 hours, and 36 minutes.  His longest day was the last day on the route, running 87 miles into New York City.

Along the way, Kostelnick slept in an RV on the route, and at 3 a.m. he’d start up again.  He only took one full day of rest early on in his journey.

It wasn’t smooth-sailing of course.  A support van that had been keeping tabs on the runner and providing hydration got into a crash about a week before the finish.  Luckily there were no injuries, but the van was totaled.  The crew worked to quickly find a replacement vehicle.

“I need a beer and my wife right now,” he said, after he finished the run, according to Runner’s World.

Click here to read more about Pete’s journey.