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In 2014, Al DeCesaris took on another incredibly challenging athletic endeavor, this time on foot. Without a support team and with no marathon experience, Al ran close to a marathon a day from the seaside town of Lubec, Maine down the entire East Coast to Key Largo, Florida – 1,935 miles in all! Through his Running The Coast For A Cure charity run, he created awareness about Sturge-Weber Syndrome down the coast, raised funds for ongoing medical research, and inspired others to join the fight against the disorder.

Starting/ending locations and number of miles covered:

Day 1 (9/8/14): Lubec, ME to Whiting, ME [18.3 miles]
Day 2 (9/9/14): Whiting, ME to Whitneyville, ME [15.5 miles]
Day 3 (9/10/14): Whitneyville, ME to Columbia, ME [15.9 miles]
Day 4 (9/11/14): Columbia, ME to Gouldsboro, ME [18.7 miles]
Day 5 (9/12/14): Gouldsboro, ME to Ellsworth, ME [20.5 miles]
Day 6 (9/13/14): Ellsworth, ME to Bucksport, ME [19.8 miles]
Day 7 (9/14/14): Bucksport, ME to Belfast, ME [18.9 miles]
Day 8 (9/15/14): Belfast, ME to Camden, ME [20.6 miles]
Day 9 (9/16/14): Camden, ME to Waldoboro, ME [18.2 miles]
Day 10 (9/17/14): Waldoboro, ME to Wiscasset, ME [18.2 miles]
Day 11 (9/18/14): Wiscasset, ME to Brunswick, ME [19.6 miles]
Day 12 (9/19/14): Rest Day
Day 13 (9/20/14): Brunswick, ME to Falmouth, ME [19.4 miles]
Day 14 (9/21/14): Falmouth, ME to Biddeford, ME [20.8 miles]
Day 15 (9/22/14): Biddeford, ME to North Berwick, ME [21.4 miles]
Day 16 (9/23/14): North Berwick, ME to Lee, NH [19.9 miles]
Day 17 (9/24/14): Lee, NH to Chester, NH [17.1 miles]
Day 18 (9/25/14): Chester, NH to Hudson, NH [17.9 miles]
Day 19 (9/26/14): Speaking Engagement at The Founders Academy
Day 20 (9/27/14): Hudson, NH to Ayer, MA [20.1 miles]
Day 21 (9/28/14): Ayer, MA to West Boylston, MA [19.9 miles]
Day 22 (9/29/14): West Boylston, MA to Charlton, MA [20.9 miles]
Day 23 (9/30/14): Charlton, MA to Stafford Springs, CT [19.3 miles]
Day 24 (10/1/14): Stafford Springs, CT to Manchester, CT [18.7 miles]
Day 25 (10/2/14): Manchester, CT to Berlin, CT [19.2 miles]
Day 26 (10/3/14): Berlin, CT to North Haven, CT [20.3 miles]
Day 27 (10/4/14): Rain Day
Day 28 (10/5/14): North Haven, CT to Stratford, CT [20.8 miles]
Day 29 (10/6/14): Stratford, CT to Darien, CT [19.3 miles]
Day 30 (10/7/14): Darien, CT to Mamaroneck, NY [19.9 miles]
Day 31 (10/8/14): Mamaroneck, NY to Moonachie, NJ [21 miles]
Day 32 (10/9/14): Moonachie, NJ to Florham Park, NJ [21.6 miles]
Day 33 (10/10/14): Florham Park, NJ to Bridgewater, NJ [23.5 miles]
Day 34 (10/11/14): Bridgewater, NJ to Ringoes, NJ [19.2 miles]
Day 35 (10/12/14): Ringoes, NJ to Warrington, PA [21.7 miles]
Day 36 (10/13/14): Warrington, PA to Villanova, PA (21.8 miles]
Day 37 (10/14/14): Villanova, PA to Wilmington, DE [21.4 miles]
Day 38 (10/15/14): Rain Day
Day 39 (10/16/14): Wilmington, DE to Elkton, MD [20.7 miles]
Day 40 (10/17/14): Elkton, MD to Darlington, MD [20.9 miles]
Day 41 (10/18/14): Darlington, MD to Parkville, MD [23.9 miles]
Day 42 (10/19/14): Parkville, MD to Elkridge, MD [22.1 miles]
Day 43 (10/20/14): Elkridge, MD to Washington, D.C. [25.2 miles]
Day 44 (10/21/14): Washington, D.C. to Lorton, VA [21.2 miles]
Day 45 (10/22/14): Rain Day
Day 46 (10/23/14): Lorton, VA to Stafford, VA [23.9 miles]
Day 47 (10/24/14): Stafford, VA to Woodford, VA [20.6 miles]

Day 48 (10/25/14): Woodford, VA to Montpelier, VA [22.3 miles]
Day 49 (10/26/14): Montpelier, VA to Powhatan, VA [25.1 miles]
Day 50 (10/27/14): Powhatan, VA to Amelia Court House, VA [24.4 miles]
Day 51 (10/28/14): Amelia Court House, VA to Blackstone, VA [22.7 miles]
Day 52 (10/29/14): Blackstone, VA to South Hill, VA [23.7 miles]
Day 53 (10/30/14): South Hill, VA to Clarksville, VA [25.4 miles]
Day 54 (10/31/14): Clarksville, VA to Oxford, NC [25.6 miles]
Day 55 (11/1/14): Oxford, NC to Durham, NC [21.9 miles]
Day 56 (11/2/14): Durham, NC to Pittsboro, NC [26.5 miles]
Day 57 (11/3/14): Pittsboro, NC to Sanford, NC [26.6 miles]
Day 58 (11/4/14): Sanford, NC to Aberdeen, NC [26.6 miles]
Day 59 (11/5/14): Aberdeen, NC to Laurinburg, NC [21.1 miles]
Day 60 (11/6/14): Rain Day
Day 61 (11/7/14): Laurinburg, NC to Bennettsville, SC [21.0 miles]
Day 62 (11/8/14): Bennettsville, SC to Darlington, SC [24.5 miles]
Day 63 (11/9/14): Darlington, SC to Bishopville, SC [24.4 miles]
Day 64 (11/10/14): Bishopville, SC to Sumter, SC [20.9 miles]
Day 65 (11/11/14): Sumter, SC to Summerton, SC [19.8 miles]
Day 66 (11/12/14): Summerton, SC to Harleyville, SC [27.1 miles]
Day 67 (11/13/14): Harleyville, SC to Walterboro, SC [24.8 miles]
Day 68 (11/14/14): Walterboro, SC to Yemassee, SC [24.5 miles]
Day 69 (11/15/14): Yemassee, SC to Hardeeville, SC [25.3 miles]
Day 70 (11/16/14): Hardeeville, SC to Savannah, GA [24.0 miles]
Day 71 (11/17/14): Savannah, GA to Richmond Hill, GA [20.4 miles]
Day 72 (11/18/14): Richmond Hill, GA to Townsend, GA [28.7 miles]
Day 73 (11/19/14): Townsend, GA to Brunswick, GA [29.0 miles]
Day 74 (11/20/14): Brunswick, GA to Woodbine, GA [25.0 miles]
Day 75 (11/21/14): Woodbine, GA to Yulee, FL [25.3 miles]
Day 76 (11/22/14): Yulee, FL to Jacksonville, FL [23.6 miles]
Day 77 (11/23/14): Rain Day
Day 78 (11/24/14): Jacksonville, FL to St. Augustine, FL [26.2 miles]
Day 79 (11/25/14): St. Augustine, FL to St. Augustine, FL [23.6 miles]
Day 80 (11/26/14): St. Augustine, FL to Ormond Beach, FL [25.5 miles]
Day 81 (11/27/14): Ormond Beach, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL [23.5 miles]
Day 82 (11/28/14): New Smyrna Beach, FL to Mims, FL [30.3 miles]
Day 83 (11/29/14): Mims, FL to Cocoa, FL [23.8 miles]
Day 84 (11/30/14): Cocoa, FL to Palm Bay, FL [25.6 miles]
Day 85 (12/1/14): Palm Bay, FL to Vero Beach, FL [25.6 miles]
Day 86 (12/2/14): Vero Beach, FL to Fort Pierce, FL [23.0 miles]
Day 87 (12/3/14): Fort Pierce, FL to Hobe Sound, FL [25.6 miles]
Day 88 (12/4/14): Hobe Sound, FL to West Palm Beach, FL [26.0 miles]
Day 89 (12/5/14): West Palm Beach, FL to Boca Raton, FL [26.5 miles]
Day 90 (12/6/14): Boca Raton, FL to Dania Beach, FL [26.0 miles]
Day 91 (12/7/14): Dania Beach, FL to Miami, FL [26.3 miles]
Day 92 (12/8/14): Miami, FL to Homestead, FL [25.8 miles]
Day 93 (12/9/14): Homestead, FL to Key Largo, FL [24.0 miles]
TOTAL NUMBER OF MILES COVERED: 1,935.30

What was the total number of miles Al ran?

1,935 miles

Average number of miles per day: 22.5 miles
Most miles ran in one day: 30.3 miles
Least miles ran in one day: 15.5 miles

How many days was Al on the road?

93 days

Total of number of days: 93 days
Number of running days: 86 days
Number of days off: 7 days

How many states did Al ride through?

14 States

The states Al ran through were Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Note: Al also ran through Washington, D.C.

How many marathons did Al run?

10 marathons

A marathon is a run of 26.2 miles or more in a 12 hour period. Prior to setting out, Al had never run a marathon.

How many people ran with Al?

15 Guest Runners

Bill O’Herren, Brian McCabe, Chris Peters, Alan Faneca, Bob Stanger, Brad Carpico, Jo Ann Bernau Haven, Michael Franks, Lana Saal, Dominique Coriell, Coral Shores High School Track and Cross Country teams (5 members).

How pairs of shoes did Al go through?

10 pairs of shoes

Brooks Glycerin (5 pairs), Newton Gravity III, Aspics Gel-Nimbus, Hoka One One Stinson Lite, Saucony Triumph ISO, Hoka One One Conquest. Note: Al only wore the Sauconys one day.

How many injuries did Al sustain?

10+

Shin splints, ankle sprain, Hamstring strain, Quad strain, Plantar Fasciitus, and Tendonitis in his shoulder, back, Soleus, Calf, and Achilles.

How many wild animals did Al encounter?

4

Snakes, armadillo, alligator, and one very hungry-looking bobcat.

How did Al get to his run starting/ending points each day without a support vehicle or a dedicated driver?

With a lot of help and a little luck

Often times local volunteers would drive Al to the day’s starting point then pick him up after his run at his ending point. Other times, volunteers would move Al’s car so it would be at his ending point when he finished his run. On a few occasions, Al hitchhiked to the day’s starting point and back to his motel after his run.

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