RUN/WALK ACROSS AMERICA 2017 STARTS MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 29. You will find a listing of all 39 virtual trip segments from Memorial Day through Labor Day on the ITINERARY.
Also on the Itinerary is a scaled-mile system which calculates the actual distance scheduled to run, walk, or combination of both (run/walk), for each segment, as a ratio of the miles covered on the map route from point to point. Challengers will select a scale to follow according to ability and desired effort.
The exact map mileage, should you sometime be able to drive this route, may be slightly more or less, as distances have been rounded up or down to make for a simplified plan.
You can choose to follow a scale with a ratio of 10:1 (for each 10 real miles on the map route you would run/walk 1 mile), 20:1, 30:1, 40:1, 50: 1, or 100:1. As the scale “number” increases, the actual miles a participant runs/walks decreases.
Thus, if you wish to cover the longest distance, greatest mileage, choose the 10:1 scale. For the shortest distance, lowest mileage, choose the 100:1 scale. Since this challenge is intended to be a fun activity, try one scale initially; if it doesn’t work well for you switch to another.
Check the CALENDAR for the schedule of days to run/walk each week. The Itinerary and the Calendar are separate documents that can be viewed and downloaded free from the RESOURCES page (also at the bottom of this first day post).
Because this activity is not meant to disrupt vacations and weekend fun, run/walks are not slated for Saturdays and Sundays. Holiday weeks have 2 rather than the usual 3 segments. No problem if you cannot follow the schedule exactly as planned. Use all weekdays as necessary to complete the weekly mileage, per your selected scale. If weekends are also needed occasionally, and this doesn’t take the fun out of the challenge, use them too.
MapQuest™ images of the routes for each week are on a separate PowerPoint presentation that is also available as a free download
WHAT IF YOU FALL BEHIND and cannot keep up with the schedule? Stick with it! You might be able to catch up a bit later. See how far you can travel ACROSS AMERICA this summer. If you can’t make it all the way, resolve to improve in 2018. OR keep going after Labor Day on your own schedule. This challenge is about the JOURNEY.
GROUP suggestion for this challenge:
FAMILY, OFFICE, or FRIEND group: have each person in the family/group follow their scale of choice. Post a calendar where all might see it. Have each participant put initials or a unique mark next to the segment number when it’s completed.
“Not fair”, a potential participant might claim, that some in the family/group will cover more miles than others, if they chose an 'easier' scale. This activity is intended to be personalized, such that individual participants can challenge themselves and be rewarded in proportion to effort.
Tracking progress as an individual or in a family/group can provide each challenger with an incentive to persevere.
See you on the route.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: While I was in the process of configuring the route on these maps last year, MapQuest™ updated them. It was a race with time to complete the task before MapQuest™ discontinued posting the old “CLASSIC” version maps, which were better suited for this purpose than the new update. It’s a wonderful service.
This is roughly the itinerary used by TrekTravel on one of their bicycle tours. You may wish to visit the company’s website for information published about this tour, (Portland OR to Portland ME) especially if you are interested in signing up, as a cycling enthusiast, to take it or another vacation trip.
RUN/WALK ACROSS AMERICA 2017 CHALLENGE: ITINERARY
RUN/WALK ACROSS AMERICA 2017 CHALLENGE: CALENDAR
RUN/WALK ACROSS AMERICA 2017 CHALLENGE: WEEK1-3 MAP SEGMENTS
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