Nick runs across America
On May 14th 2017 Nick Ashill left Los Angeles with intention of running across America for charity. He was struck by a vehicle on August 2nd.
Raising money for
Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust
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I am 52 years old. Although born in Wales I now live in Dubai. I am married to Sarah and we have 4 beautiful girls.
My decision to run across America was made in 2015 after the death of my mother in England from pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis kills 5300 people in the UK every year. I want to raise money to support individuals and families dealing with this disease. In 1980, a man named Frank Giannino, Jr. ran 3,100 miles from San Francisco to New York in 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. This record was recently broken by Pete Kostelnick who completed the run in 42 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes. My challenge is not about beating the record but inspiring others to achieve their own goals in life. I will be challenging myself, both physically and mentally, but this is not my primary motive for the run. I want to communicate to others that for an ordinary person to do something extraordinary, you must never be afraid to dream big.
On August 2nd Nick was struck whilst running on the shoulder of the road. The driver didn't stop. Nick was flown to Ohio State University Hospital where he is recovering.
Running Across America - www.nickrunsamerica.com
My journey from Los Angeles to New York will begin on 14 May 2017. I will finish 110 days later averaging 50km/day. I will follow much of historic Route 66 for the first 3000km and will then run through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania before reaching New York. I will go through desert, over mountains, and through corn fields. I will enjoy many different things including wildlife, extreme weather, breathtaking landscapes, the unpredictability of some drivers on the roads, lots of blisters, and meeting some very interesting people.
It is unfortunate that the run had to end this way. He was 3944km into the run - only 922km from the finish line in New York.
Nick sustained a broken leg and pelvis and was lucky to survive the accident. He has endured two corrective surgeries over the past week, and is now looking forward to tackling his six-month rehabilitation with the same persistence and energy that he showed during the run. He is hoping to make a full recovery, but knows that there are thousands of people living with pulmonary fibrosis that aren't so fortunate. His passion for the cause remains as strong as ever.
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