I have successfully finished my Route 66. I did it! I ran the entire Denali Highway, 134.5 miles on my Garmin, in about 28 hours on foot over the four days. OK, I walked parts of it with friends and on lots of uphills … but probably 90% was running, and I’m sticking to my story that I ran it.
What a journey! It is so beautiful out there. My support crew (husband Steve) was absolutely awesome, doing everything else so all I had to do was run (and cheering me on, even when it wasn’t pretty). I stopped to watch a beaver and shortly thereafter a cow and calf moose. We stopped for pie. We took several breaks to let the heaviest of the rain pass. We took time to get ramen and unending liquids in me. It wasn’t about finishing as fast as I could. It was about enjoying (as much as possible) the journey. And about finishing it.I appreciate all the support from my Rotary Club of College friends and all of you who’ve given encouraging comments. I’m in awe of all the donations that have rolled in for ShelterBox (still accepting more, if you’re so inclined!). Another big thanks goes to Kris Capps for her News-Miner story. And to all the good people encountered along the way at the lodges and on the road.
I'm a Rotarian and runner living in Fairbanks, Alaska. My plan is to run the 135-mile Denali Highway in Alaska for my 66th birthday, and raise funds for Shelterbox while doing so. I'm going to break this run into two 66-mile chunks, running 66 miles on June 11-12 and returning to run the remaining 66 miles on June 18-19 (and adding the 3 extra miles as I go).
My goal is to raise $6,600 for Shelterbox while I run Jane's Route 66!
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