Transcon Planning 101: 10 Avoidable Mistakes

Stop sign on road

1. Relying solely on Google Whether you’re driving, cycling, or walking, Google Maps does a halfway decent job of telling you a good route between any two points. The problem is that it does only a HALFWAY decent job. The few times I’ve used it to plan a route, I’ve found myself at dead ends,…

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Event Report: Swim Around Key West (10K)

Don swimming

As you may know, after much consideration and fairly late in the game, I switched my 2022 participation in the College of the Florida Keys Swim Around Key West from the full 12.5 mile swim around the island to the 6.2 mile “half-distance” 10K swim. I wrote about that decision and the reasons for it…

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Taking the Long View of Epic: When Less Is More

Taking Stock In April 2021, as I stood in the Atlantic Ocean at the finish of my transcontinental run from Disneyland to Disney World looking out to sea, one grand adventure was coming to an end. A USA Today reporter asked me “what’s next?” and I said that a good friend of mine who also…

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Telling Your Story: Sponsor and Media Outreach for Your Epic Run

Sponsor and Media Outreach

“Damn everything but the circus! …damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy. That won’t throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence…” e. e. cummings “Come and see the show!…

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