Rob Young, aka the Marathon Man UK, started his attempt to break the North American trans-continental record on Saturday (14 May). Rob aims to run across the USA faster than anyone else in history. If successful, he will be the first elite endurance athlete to achieve the feat since 1980.
Rob started his 3000-odd mile journey in Huntington Beach, California, and will cross the finish line in New York City, New York, hopefully in less than 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes later to break the current Guinness World Record set by Frank Giannino Jr. 36 years ago. To do that, he has to run at least 60 miles per day across 14 states, covering stretches of the Sonoran Desert and two major North American mountain ranges – the Rockies and the Appalachians.
Since Rob sprinted onto the marathon scene in April 2014, he’s run more than 500 marathons and ultras, broken two world records in endurance running (for the longest run without sleep and the most number of marathons run in a single year), and won the 2015 Race Across the USA. Every race, run and record he undertakes is to raise funds and awareness for children’s charities.
Rob said: “To have the opportunity to give back through the God-given gift of running means a lot to me. It has allowed me to follow my passion of helping the next generation.”
He has selected three children’s charities to benefit from this particular running endeavour: Dreams Come True, the Tyler Robinson Foundation, and the 100 Mile Club.
You can contribute to Rob’s cause by donating directly here or buying any SKINS garment using the discount code RunwithRob, meaning SKINS will donate 10% of every purchase to Rob’s chosen charities. For more information about Rob’s record attempt go here.