AMES, IA – Mike Wilson got a new pair of Hoka running shoes in the mail, but must wait to get his new running stroller down the road.
“I’m so happy to have new shoes,” he said. The old ones felt like “I was running barefoot on the pavement.” It had a hole that collected rocks.
When you are running 40 miles per day, shoes wear out quickly. So does the running stroller. A new stroller is on its way.
Mike is running across America from Oregon to the Merrimack waterfront to raise money for two organizations, Lucy’s Love Bus in Amesbury and MaxLove Project in California, that help people cope with cancer.
He is making the run solo. He has no support team with a car or trailer following him from state to state. Both the shoes and stroller, essential to his Run Across America, were mailed to him at a post office in Columbus, NE last week, but when he arrived in the eastern Nebraska city, the post office had relocated, and his package was sent back.
His other good news last week when the Town Common caught up with him was the temperatures across Iowa had dropped into the 70s. One day it rained, which pleased the farmers, he said. He also found several nice spots to pitch his tent at night.
Asked if he minded running in the rain, Mike said he was used to it having run for years in New England’s unpredictable weather.
Hoping to reach the Merrimack River waterfront by mid-August, Mike is halfway across Iowa, running and pushing his stroller on the historic Lincoln Highway, U.S. Highway 30, which was the nation’s first coast-to-coast highway. He is looking forward to reaching Illinois and Indiana, which are about 150 miles wide each. He expects to be able to cross each state in three or four days on his 3,000-mile cross country run.
To support Mike’s efforts raising money, Planet Fitness donated 600 “awesome” t-shirts to help raise $12,000 to fight childhood cancer. “Buy yours today and wear it proudly knowing that every penny of your purchase will go to Lucy’s Love Bus and MaxLove Project!” Lucy’s LoveBus wrote.
The shirts can be purchased for $20 by visiting: lucyslovebus.org/mikesrun/tshirt.html.
The MaxLove Project is a California-based program like Lucy’s Love Bus.
Pick up The Town Common or follow him on the web site each week to track Mike’s progress across America.